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254.74

254.74 Powers of the department and local health departments.

254.74(1)

(1) The department shall do all of the following:

254.74(1)(a)

(a) Administer and enforce this subchapter, the rules promulgated under this subchapter and any other rules or laws relating to the public health and safety in hotels, tourist rooming houses, bed and breakfast establishments, restaurants, vending machine commissaries, vending machines and vending machine locations.

254.74(1)(am)

(am) Promulgate rules, in consultation with the department of commerce, under which the department of health services shall conduct regular inspections of sealed combustion units, as required under s. 101.149 (5) (c), for carbon monoxide emissions in hotels, tourist rooming houses, and bed and breakfast establishments. The rules shall specify conditions under which it may issue orders as specified under s. 101.149 (8) (a). The rules may not require the department of health services to inspect sealed combustion units during the period in which the sealed combustion units are covered by a manufacturer's warranty against defects.

254.74(1)(b)

(b) Require hotels, tourist rooming houses, restaurants, vending machine operators and vending machine commissaries to file reports and information the department deems necessary.

254.74(1)(c)

(c) Ascertain and prescribe what alterations, improvements or other means or methods are necessary to protect the public health and safety on those premises.

254.74(1)(d)

(d) Prescribe rules and fix standards, including rules covering the general sanitation and cleanliness of premises regulated under this subchapter, the proper handling and storing of food on such premises, the construction and sanitary condition of the premises and equipment to be used and the location and servicing of equipment. The rules relating to the public health and safety in bed and breakfast establishments may not be stricter than is reasonable for the operation of a bed and breakfast establishment, shall be less stringent than rules relating to other establishments regulated by this subchapter and may not require 2nd exits for a bed and breakfast establishment on a floor above the first level.

254.74(1)(e)

(e) Hold a hearing under ch. 227 if, in lieu of proceeding under ch. 68, any interested person in the jurisdictional area of a local health department not granted agent status under s. 254.69 appeals to the department of health services alleging that a permit fee for a hotel, restaurant, temporary restaurant, tourist rooming house, campground, camping resort, recreational or educational camp or public swimming pool exceeds the permit issuer's reasonable costs of issuing permits to, making investigations and inspections of, and providing education, training and technical assistance to the establishment.

254.74(1g)

(1g) The department shall inspect hotels, tourist rooming houses, and bed and breakfast establishments to ensure compliance with s. 101.149 (2) and (3).

254.74(1m)

(1m)

254.74(1m)(a)

(a) The department may grant an applicant for a permit to maintain, manage or operate a bed and breakfast establishment a waiver from the requirement specified under s. 254.61 (1) (f) if the department determines that all of the following are true:

254.74(1m)(a)1.

1. The public health, safety or welfare would not be jeopardized.

254.74(1m)(a)2.

2. The establishment seeking the waiver is in compliance with the requirements under s. 254.61 (1) (a) to (e).

254.74(1m)(b)

(b) A waiver granted under par. (a) is valid for the period of validity of a permit that is issued to the applying bed and breakfast establishment under s. 254.64 (1) (b).

254.74(1p)

(1p)

254.74(1p)(a)

(a) The department may grant the holder of a permit for a bed and breakfast establishment a waiver from the requirement specified under s. 254.61 (1) (b) to allow the holder of a permit for a bed and breakfast establishment to serve breakfast to other tourists or transients if all of the following conditions are met:

254.74(1p)(a)1.

1. The department determines that the public health, safety or welfare would not be jeopardized.

254.74(1p)(a)2.

2. The other tourists or transients are provided sleeping accommodations in a tourist rooming house for which the permit holder for the bed and breakfast establishment is the permit holder.

254.74(1p)(a)3.

3. The tourist rooming house is located on the same property as the bed and breakfast establishment or on property contiguous to the property on which the bed and breakfast establishment is located.

254.74(1p)(a)4.

4. The number of rooms offered for rent in the bed and breakfast establishment combined with the number of rooms offered for rent in the tourist rooming house does not exceed 8.

254.74(1p)(a)5.

5. The number of tourists or transients who are provided sleeping accommodations in the bed and breakfast establishment combined with the number of tourists or transients who are provided sleeping accommodations in the tourist rooming house does not exceed 20.

254.74(1p)(b)

(b) A waiver granted under par. (a) is valid for the period of validity of a permit that is issued for the bed and breakfast establishment under s. 254.64 (1) (b).

254.74(2)

(2) A local health department designated as an agent under s. 254.69 (2) may exercise the powers specified in sub. (1) (a) to (d), consistent with s. 254.69 (2) (g).

254.74 – ANNOT.

History: 1975 c. 413 s. 13; Stats. 1975 s. 50.57; 1983 a. 163, 203, 538; 1985 a. 29; 1985 a. 332 s. 251 (1); 1987 a. 27; 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 27 s. 77; Stats. 1993 s. 254.74; 1995 a. 27 ss. 6343m, 9126 (19); 1995 a. 417; 1997 a. 43; 2007 a. 20 s. 9121 (6) (a); 2007 a. 205.

254.74 – ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also chs. DHS 195, 196, 197, and 198, Wis. adm. code.