Any person 18 or older who is serving or selling alcohol beverages in an establishment with a Class A, B or C license must obtain an operator’s license (commonly called a “bartender’s license”), unless the person is under the “immediate supervision” (see below) of one of the following:
Someone with the privilege of an operator’s license
The approved agent of a corporation or limited liability company
A person with an operator’s license
A person with a manager’s license, Wis. Stat. sec. 125.1
The licensee, members of the licensee’s immediate family who are 18 or older, a licensed operator, a licensed manager, or approved agent must be able to see, at all times, the activities of those persons serving alcohol beverages that don't have a license. It is not enough for the person supervising merely to be on the premises. OAG 9-10-62 (informal opinion).
The operator’s license allows you to work at any licensed establishment within the City of Greenfield.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have either:
Completed a Responsible Beverage Server Training Course within the past 2 years; (the training course must be approved by the WI Dept. of Revenue and a Certificate of Completion must be submitted with the application. For a list of approved courses click the link below; or
Held an operator’s license, retail alcohol license or manager’s license in Wisconsin within the past 2 years. (a certified copy of the operator’s, retail or manager’s license must be submitted with the application. Click below for an example)
Original Operator's License - $50
Applications must be approved by the Greenfield Common Council. Applications must be submitted at least 13 days prior to a Council meeting to be eligible for consideration. The Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. From June through September, the Council meets only once per month (on the 3rd Tuesday of each month). If your employer needs you to start right away, see the section below on applying for a Provisional Operator’s License.
License year begins July 1 and ends on June 30th of the following year. If a license is approved, it is mailed to the applicant’s home address the Friday following the Council meeting. Applicants may request to pick up their licenses after 4 pm the Friday after the Council meeting. Licenses not picked up within 3 business days will be mailed.
If you held an operator’s license in the City of Greenfield during the previous license year, complete the Renewal operator license application.
If it has been more than 1 license year since you held an operator’s license in the City of Greenfield, complete the original operator’s license application and submit the documentation listed under “Requirements.”
If your employer needs you to start work as soon as possible, then you can apply for the Provisional Operator’s License. You must also simultaneously apply for an Original Operator’s License (which requires Common Council approval to issue).
Applicants must submit a letter from their employer requesting that a provisional operator’s license be issued. The letter needs to include the applicant’s name, place of employment, and signature of supervisor/manager. In addition, applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Provisional Operator's License - $15
A provisional operator’s license is valid for 60 days or until an Original Operator’s License is issued. Applicants must pass a background check. The process takes approximately one week from the submission of the paperwork and fees. A Provisional Operator’s license does not need to go to the Greenfield Common Council. The license can be picked up or mailed as soon as the applicant has passed the background check.
I hereby make application to the Common Council of the City of Greenfield for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors, subject to all the limitations imposed by Sections 125.17, 125.32(2) and 125.68(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes and all acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, and hereby agree to comply with all laws, resolutions, ordinances, and regulations, Federal, State, or Local, affecting the sale of such beverages and liquors if a license be granted me.
In applying for licensing within the City of Greenfield, I understand that I am required to provide my full name, address and other information necessary to conduct a background check.
If also applying for a Provisional Operator's License, a written request from the applicant's supervisor/manager asking that the applicant be issued a Provisional license must me uploaded with this application.
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