Social Host Ordinance
What is a Social Host Ordinance?
A Social Host Ordinance prohibits and establishes penalties for any person hosting an event or gathering where alcohol is present and is being possessed or consumed by persons under 21 years of age. It is illegal to allow underage drinking whether the property owner is present or not.
What areas in Pope County have the Social Host Ordinance?
- Pope County
- City of Glenwood
- City of Lowry
- City of Starbuck
(Click on link to view ordinance)
Please read through the Social Host Ordinance and if you have any questions or concerns please contact your local city/county board or you can contact Shelley Svec, Coalition Coordinator at 320-634-7834.
What steps should you take to be a responsible social host?
- Verify the age of your guests
- Control access to alcohol that is available on your property
- Supervise persons under 21 years of age
- Refuse entrance to uninvited guests
- Define an area for the party; do not allow guests in other areas (bedrooms, garage, etc)
What are the consequences?
90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine