Expansion of Alcohol Beverage License For Special Event (Private Property)

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Effective January 1, 2020, a Special Event Permit is required for events meeting the definition of a special event. See New Special Event Procedures pursuant to Ordinance 5113 adopted October 10, 2019.

An establishment licensed for alcohol may expand the licensed premise for a special event onto adjacent private property.

License Fee

$150.00 is due at the time of application (cash, check payable to City Treasurer or credit with convenience fee).

How to Apply

Applications shall be made in writing on the form prescribed by law and filed with the City Clerk's Office and in conjunction with the relevant special event application. Applications shall be filed with the City Clerk not less than sixty (60) days prior to the event and no more than one (1) year in advance.

Application for Expansion of Alcohol Beverage License will be considered by the Judiciary & Administration Committee and is subject to review by the Police Department, Fire Department and La Crosse County Health Department.

Additional Information

  • A licensee granted approval by the Council to expand the licensed premises shall provide for a rigid snow-type fence enclosing the lands upon which the special event is taking place.

  • All permits and outdoor sales of alcoholic beverages shall expire or end no later than 10:00 p.m.

  • At least one licensed beverage operator shall be present and able to see at all times the activities of those persons serving and selling alcoholic beverages.


For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at (608) 789-7510.

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