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City of Green Bay Lowers Fees, Opens Sales for Some Liquor License Holders
(Green Bay, WI) On April 1st and April 9th Mayor Genrich and the City of Green Bay Common Council approved two measures which would lessen fees for Class B license holders and allow those entities to sell alcohol to customers.
A resolution was passed on April 1st to lower Class B beer and Class B liquor license renewal fees from $400, to $0 and $50, respectively. A week later, an ordinance passed which will help Class B establishments compete during the COVID-19 situation. Class B beer and Class B liquor license holders may sell intoxicating liquor in the original sealed package or container, for off premise consumption. Although the ordinance has a sunset provision, the council may extend, should circumstances remain the same.
Liquor licenses are divided into four classes, Class A, Class B, Class C and temporary Class B. According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, a retail license (liquor license) allows persons to sell alcohol beverages to individual retail customers from a particular place (premises). The sale must occur at the licensed premises with the buyer and seller both physically present at the time. Licenses are issued by municipalities after the governing body determines the applicant is qualified to receive a license.