Grant County, WI
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Grant County 7-24-1970 (Ch. 5 of the Grant County Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of the Grant County Board of Supervisors to regulate the assemblage of large numbers of people, in excess of those normally needing the health, sanitary, fire, police, transportation and utility services regularly provided in Grant County, in order that the health, safety and welfare of all persons in Grant County, residents and visitors alike, may be protected.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
ASSEMBLY
A company of persons gathered together at any time for any purpose. An overnight assembly is an assembly of 2,000 or more persons which continues between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. consecutively.
PERSON
An individual natural human being, partnership, corporation, firm, company, association, society or group.
A. 
No person shall permit, maintain, promote, conduct, advertise, act as entrepreneur, undertake, organize, manage, or sell or give tickets to an actual or reasonably anticipated assembly of 2,000 or more people, which assembly continues or can reasonably be expected to continue overnight or for 18 or more consecutive hours, whether on public or private property, unless a license to hold the assembly has first been issued pursuant to this chapter. A license to hold an assembly issued to one person shall permit any person to engage in any lawful activity in connection with the holding of the licensed assembly.
B. 
A separate license shall be required for each calendar day or part thereof and each location in which 2,000 or more people assemble or can reasonably be anticipated to assemble. The fee for each license shall be $100.
C. 
A license shall permit the assembly of only the maximum number of people stated in the license. The licensee shall not sell tickets to nor permit to assemble at the licensed location more than the maximum number of people permitted by said license.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 5.02(5), which immediately followed this section and dealt with sound carrying beyond the boundaries of the assembly, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
This chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
Any regularly established, permanent place of worship, stadium, athletic field, arena, auditorium, coliseum, or other similar permanently established place of assembly for assemblies which do not exceed the maximum seating capacity of the structure where the assembly is held.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Government-sponsored fairs held on regularly established fairgrounds.
Before a license may be issued the applicant shall first:
A. 
Determine the maximum number of people which will be assembled or admitted to the location of the assembly, provided that the maximum number shall not exceed the maximum number which can reasonably assemble at the location of the assembly in consideration of the nature of the assembly, and provided that, where the assembly is to continue overnight, the maximum number shall not be more than is allowed to sleep within the boundaries of the location of the assembly by the zoning or health ordinances of the County.
B. 
Provide proof that he will furnish at his own expense before the assembly commences:
(1) 
A fence completely enclosing the proposed location, of sufficient height and strength to prevent people in excess of the maximum permissible number from gaining access to the assembly grounds, which shall have at least four gates, at least one at or near four opposite points of the compass.
(2) 
Potable water, meeting all federal and state requirements for purity, sufficient to provide drinking water for the maximum number of people to be assembled at the rate of at least one gallon per person per day and water for bathing at the rate of at least 10 gallons per person per day.
(3) 
Separate enclosed toilets for males and females, meeting all state and local specifications, conveniently located throughout the grounds, sufficient to provide facilities for the maximum number of people to be assembled at the rate of at least one female and one male toilet for every 500 persons, together with an efficient, sanitary means of disposing of waste matter deposited which is in compliance with all state and local laws and regulations; a lavatory with running water under pressure and a continuous supply of soap and paper towels shall be provided with each toilet.
(4) 
A sanitary method of disposing of solid waste, in compliance with state and local laws and regulations, sufficient to dispose of the solid waste production of the maximum number of people to be assembled at the rate of at least 2.5 pounds of solid waste per person per day, together with a plan for holding and a plan for collecting all such waste at least once each day of the assembly and sufficient trash cans with tight-fitting lids and personnel to perform the task.
(5) 
Physicians and nurses licensed to practice in Wisconsin sufficient to provide the average medical care enjoyed by residents of Wisconsin for the maximum number of people to be assembled at the rate of at least one physician for every 1,000 people and at least one nurse for every 1,500 people, together with an enclosed covered structure where treatment may be rendered, containing separately enclosed treatment rooms for each physician, and at least one emergency ambulance available for use at all times.
(6) 
If the assembly is to continue during hours of darkness, illumination sufficient to light the entire area of the assembly at the rate of at least five footcandles but not to shine unreasonably beyond the boundaries of the enclosed location of the assembly.
(7) 
A free parking area inside of the assembly grounds sufficient to provide parking space for the maximum number of people to be assembled at the rate of at least one parking space for every four persons.
(8) 
Telephones connected to outside lines sufficient to provide service for the maximum number of people to be assembled at the rate of at least one separate line and receiver for each 1,000 persons.
(9) 
If the assembly is to continue overnight, camping facilities in compliance with all state and local requirements as set forth in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Wisconsin Statutes and ordinances of this County sufficient to provide camping accommodations for the maximum number of people to be assembled.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(10) 
Security guards, either regularly employed, duly sworn, off-duty Wisconsin peace officers or private guards, sufficient to provide adequate security for the maximum number of people to be assembled at the rate of at least one security guard for every 750 people.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(11) 
Fire protection, including alarms, extinguishing devices and fire lanes and escapes, sufficient to meet all state and local standards for the location of the assembly as set forth in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Wisconsin Statutes and ordinances of this County, and sufficient emergency personnel to efficiently operate the required equipment.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Original § 5.03(2)(l), which immediately followed this subsection and dealt with sound carrying beyond the boundaries of the assembly, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(12) 
A bond, filed with the Grant County Clerk, either in cash or underwritten by a surety company licensed to do business in Wisconsin, at the rate of $1 per person for the maximum number of people permitted to assemble, which shall indemnify and hold harmless this County or any of its agents, officers, servants and employees from any liability or causes of action which might arise by reason of granting this license and from any cost incurred in cleaning up any waste material produced or left by the assembly.
(13) 
Certificates of insurance coverage issued by bona fide insurance companies licensed to transact business in this state showing that such companies have insured said applicant and said assembly in the following ways:
(a) 
A comprehensive liability policy with a maximum limit for all claims in the amount of $2,000,000 and containing a medical payments coverage guaranteeing payment of all medical bills incurred within one year of injury by any person by reason of any injury on said premises during such assembly to a maximum of $5,000 per person.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(b) 
A fire legal liability policy with a maximum limit of $2,000,000.
(c) 
Workers' compensation insurance as required by Wisconsin law.
A. 
Application for a license to hold an actual or anticipated assembly of 2,000 or more persons shall be made in writing to the County Clerk at least 10 days in advance of such assembly. An applicant for a license under this chapter shall complete a license application form using the license form supplied by the Grant County Clerk for large assemblies. The applicant must also furnish to the Grant County Clerk all of the information and documentation required in §§ 97-5 and 97-6 of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
The application shall contain a statement made upon oath or affirmation that the statements contained therein are true and correct to the best knowledge of the applicant and shall be signed and sworn to or affirmed by the individual making application, in the case of an individual human being, by all officers in the case of a corporation, by all partners in the case of a partnership, or by all officers of an unincorporated association, society or group or, if there are no officers, by all members of such association, society or group.
C. 
The application shall contain and disclose:
(1) 
The name, age, residence and mailing address of all persons required to sign the application by Subsection B of this section and, in the case of a corporation, a certified copy of the articles of incorporation together with the name, age, residence and mailing address of each person holding 10% or more of the stock of said corporation.
(2) 
The address and legal description of all property upon which the assembly is to be held together with the name, residence and mailing address of the record owner or owners of all such property.
(3) 
Proof of ownership of all property upon which the assembly is to be held or a statement made upon oath or affirmation by the record owner or owners of all such property that the applicant has permission to use such property for an assembly of 2,000 or more persons.
(4) 
The nature or purpose of the assembly.
(5) 
The total number of days and hours during which the assembly is to continue. The applicant shall also provide the date or dates on which the assembly will be held.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(6) 
The maximum number of persons which the applicant shall permit to assemble at any time, which shall not exceed the maximum number which can reasonably assemble at such location considering the nature of the assembly and which shall not exceed the maximum number of persons allowed to sleep within the boundaries of the location of the assembly by the zoning ordinances of the County if the assembly is to continue overnight.
(7) 
The maximum number of tickets to be sold, if any.
(8) 
The plans of the applicant to limit the maximum number of people permitted to assemble.
(9) 
The plans for fencing the location of the assembly and the gates contained in such fence.
(10) 
The plans for supplying potable water, including the source, amount available and location of outlets.
(11) 
The plans for providing toilet and lavatory facilities, including the source, number and location, type and the means of disposing waste deposited.
(12) 
The plans for holding, collection, and disposing of solid waste material.
(13) 
The plans to provide for medical facilities, including the location and construction of a medical structure, the names and addresses and hours of availability of physicians and nurses and provisions for emergency ambulance service.
(14) 
The plans, if any, to illuminate the location of the assembly, including the source and amount of power and the location of lamps.
(15) 
The plans for parking vehicles, including size and location of lots, points of highway access and interior roads, including routes between highway access and parking lots.
(16) 
The plans for telephone service, including the source, number and location of telephones.
(17) 
The plans for camping facilities, if any, including facilities available and their location.
(18) 
The plans for security, including the number of guards, their deployment, and their names, addresses, credentials and hours of availability.
(19) 
The plans for fire protection, including the number, type and location of all protective devices, including alarms and extinguishers, and the number of emergency fire personnel available to operate the equipment.
(20) 
The plans for sound control and sound amplification, if any, including number, location and power of amplifiers and speakers.
(21) 
The plans for food concessions and concessionaires who will be allowed to operate on the grounds, including the names and addresses of all concessionaires and their license or permit numbers.
D. 
The application shall include the bond required by § 97-5B(13), the insurance certificates required by § 97-5B(14) and the license fee.
A. 
The County Clerk can deny the license if any of the information or documentation required by this chapter has not been supplied by the applicant or if it appears that any of the provisions of this chapter will not be complied with according to the information supplied by the applicant. The County Clerk shall notify the applicant in writing of her decision within three days of all of the required information and documentation being supplied. Any denial shall set forth the reasons for denial. Otherwise, the license will be granted if all documentation and information is supplied and if it appears therefrom that the provisions of this chapter will be met.
B. 
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the County Clerk regarding the issuance or denial of a license under this chapter can appeal the decision to the Law Enforcement Committee of Grant County by filing a written request for a hearing within three days of receipt of the written decision of the County Clerk. The appeal notice shall be filed with the County Clerk and shall set forth the grounds for the appeal. The Law Enforcement Committee shall hold a hearing within 10 days of receipt of the appeal notice and shall issue a written decision within three days of the hearing setting forth its decision and the reasons for its decision. Notice of the hearing date, time and place shall be sent to the interested persons at least five days in advance of the hearing. At the hearing, the parties can be represented by an attorney and may present evidence and call and question witnesses. Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Law Enforcement Committee under this chapter can file a writ of certiorari with the Circuit Court of Grant County within 30 days of the decision of the Law Enforcement Committee.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The license shall be revoked by the County Clerk at any time if it is established that any of the conditions necessary for the issuing of or contained in the license are not complied with, or if any condition previously met ceases to be complied with.
A. 
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by injunction or any other lawsuit in any court of competent jurisdiction.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
The holding of an assembly in violation of any provision or condition contained in this chapter shall be deemed a public nuisance and may be abated as such.
C. 
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall forfeit not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 together with the costs of prosecution and in default of payment thereof shall be imprisoned in the Grant County Jail not to exceed one year. Each day of violation shall be considered a separate offense.
D. 
The Grant County Corporation Counsel is authorized to file any lawsuit necessary to enforce this chapter.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Zoning ordinance not affected. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as permitting an assembly where prohibited by Chapter 315, Zoning, of the Grant County Code.
B. 
Sanitary ordinance not affected: Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as amending or repealing the Grant County Sanitary Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 225, Sewage Systems, Private.
C. 
Public dance ordinance not affected. Chapter 118 of the Grant County Code, regulating public dances, shall not apply to assemblies regulated by this chapter.