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.