Social Host ordinance prevents underage drinking and unruly parties

In the unincorporated portions of Ventura County – and in Fillmore, Ojai, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark – Social Host Ordinances make it unlawful for any responsible person to conduct, aid, allow, permit, or condone a loud or unruly gathering at a residence or other private property involving minors and the unlawful consumption of alcohol.

“This is about safety, first,” said Captain John Reilly, “but it’s also about maintaining peace and quiet in our neighborhoods and making sure that parents and other adults are actively monitoring the welfare of their children.”

The fines for violating one of the ordinances range from $500 to $2,500 and the ordinances are strictly enforced. For example, since 2006, The Camarillo Police Department has issued 77 Social Host violation citations.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to enjoy their summer safely and responsibly. Deputies will be in your neighborhood to make sure summer is fun for everyone.

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