Social Host Ordinance
In an effort to combat underage drinking, the Thousand Oaks City Council enacted “social host” legislation in 2006. Known as a liability ordinance, the social host ordinance holds non-commercial party hosts accountable for underage drinking events that occur on their property by imposing specific civil penalties as determined by the City Council. This ordinance provides law enforcement an effective tool and serves as a significant deterrent to hosting the parties in the first place.
Penalties for a violation the social host ordinance begin at $2,500.00 and increase with successive violations. Some violators under the age of 18 years may be permitted to perform community service in lieu of a financial penalty.
For information on how to contest or pay a social host violation, please view the linked document:
Thousand Oaks Social Host Ordinance T.O.M.C. 5-26.04(a)