Social Host Ordinance Impact Evaluation Findings
Social Host Ordinances (SHOs) in Ventura County are local laws with civil penalties (fines) providing law enforcement a tool for addressing underage drinking in home party settings, and to deter those who may host a loud or unruly party. In September 2007, Ventura County became one of the first counties in the nation to have seamless coverage of SHOs across all municipalities, including the unincorporated areas of the County. In 2009, a Phase I evaluation focused primarily on law enforcement in several municipalities, and their views and experiences with administrative penalties in connection with disturbance calls with underage drinking. More recently, EVALCORP Research & Consulting conducted a follow-up Phase II evaluation to examine longer-term, local impacts of implementation and enforcement efforts since Social Host policies were adopted in 2006 and 2007.