Did you know that allowing anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol on your property can result in a substantial fine? That in some cases hosting underage drinking can result in jail time? The Social Host Ordinance is the law, and it has real consequences.
If you’re a parent, learn more about the Social Host Ordinance, and positive steps you can take to prevent underage drinking.
If you’re a community leader or involved in a community organization, learn more about teaching modules available to help spread the word about the Social Host Ordinance, at the bottom of this page.
Adults hosting underage drinking face fines and in some cases jail time if they provide alcohol to minors or allow underage house parties on their property where alcohol is being consumed.
If two or more minors (youth under 21) are on your property or a property under your control, in the City of Novato it only takes one to be drinking for the Ordinance to be applied.
Fines vary depending on location. The City of Novato may apply a fine of up to $1000. In unincorporated areas, the Sheriff may fine $750 for a first time offence, rising to $1500 and $2500 for second or third violations of the Ordinance. In some cases, facilitating underage drinking may result in jail time.
When youth under 18 are cited, parents/guardians are jointly responsible.
To learn more, watch the video below, created by Coalition member Sue Hunt-LeMay and her Leadership Novato 2014 team.
Click here to learn more about the City of Novato and Marin County Social Host Ordinance
Community Organizations/Leaders: Do you already conduct community outreach and/or education? Would your organization, group, or audience(s) benefit from information on the Social Host Ordinance (SHO) and its enforcement in Novato? Click here for information on how to insert our adaptable teaching modules into your existing presentations. There are three variations of our course, ranging from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Materials, handouts, and learning objectives are included for ease of adaptation and implementation. To download the coalition’s SHO Handout click here.