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Social host ordinance


What is a social host ordinance?

By adopting a social host ordinance on August 15, 2011, Bloomington joins 65 Minnesota cities and 15 Minnesota counties that also have a social host ordinance in place.

A social host ordinance holds persons criminally responsible for hosting events where persons under 21 years of age are permitted to consume alcohol.

The Bloomington Social Host Ordinance

  • A host is the person who knowingly provides a venue for an underage drinking party to occur, regardless of their age, and regardless of who provided the alcohol.
  • Property owners and parents who were unaware of illegal alcohol consumption on their property while they were away from the residence do not meet the definition of a host.
  • Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.