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Safe n SLOParty Smart

The Facts

If you host a party or gathering, you are responsible for making sure no one under the age of 21 possesses or consumes alcohol (SLO Social Host Ordinance-Municipal Code Section 9.05.010). If anyone under 21 is drinking at your party, you will be held criminally liable.

A violation is a misdemeanor and convictions go on your criminal record.


  • 1st offense: $350
  • 2nd offense: $700 within 12 months
  • 3rd offense: $1000 within 12 months

Additional court costs will be added to all fines.

Hosting TIps

  • Here are some tips to help you comply with the law:
  • Keep your gatherings small and in control.
  • Do not violate the noise ordinance or disturb your neighbors.
  • Control who attends your party - know who is there and how old they are.
  • Do not let people off the street come into your party.
  • Check IDs if necessary.
  • If things get out of control, call the Police Department for help before someone else complains.


Have a Safe and Smart Year, Take Things Slow to Manage Risks.


The most common arrest in San Luis Obispo is for Drunk in Public. Other frequent arrests are DUI, Minor in Possession and Urinating in Public.

What will those cost me?

  • DUI - Loss of your drivers license for 1 year and fines
  • Drunk in Public - arrest (jail) and fine
  • Minor in Possession - loss of license 1 year and a fine
  • Urinating in Public - 1st ticket $350

You don't want these convictions on your record or to have to list them on your job applications. Many of the fights and sexual assaults that police respond to also involve alcohol.

Protect Yourself.... Have a PLAN when you drink:

  • Partner with someone that you trust
  • Limit alcohol and make good decisions
  • Avoid risky decisions
  • Never place your safety in the care of a drunk person.

Respect SLO Bro


Alcohol Poisoning

Critical Signs

  • Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or the person cannot be roused
  • Vomiting
  • Slow breathing (fewer than 8 breaths per minute)
  • Hypothermia (low body temberature), bluish skin color, paleness

What to do:

  • Do not wait for all symptoms to be present.
  • Any person that has altered consciousness, slow respiration, and cool pale skin, or repeated uncontrolled vomiting is experiencing alcohol poisoning.

This is a medical emergency and you MUST CALL 911

While waiting for 911 emergency transport, gently turn the intoxicated person on his/her side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person's back. This is important to prevent aspiration (choking) should the person vomit. STAY WITH THE PERSON UNTIL MEDICAL HELP ARRIVES.

If you are having difficulty in determining whether an individual is acutely intoxicated, call (800) 222-1222 (local poison control center) - you cannot afford to guess. All calls are confidential!


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