Social Host Ordinances (SHO) in Lane County

| December 8, 2013

In July 2011, the Lane County Board of Commissioners approved to amend the Social Host Ordinance (SHO) that was originally passed in 2010 to reduce under-age parties in unincorporated areas of Lane County. These parties are being hosted or otherwise supported by adults, and are causing great concern for area residents. The amended ordinance includes the following key changes:

  • The ‘host’ is no longer limited to parents or guardians; it now includes any person who is the owner or occupant of a residence.
  • A violation of the SHO is now an unclassified violation requiring mandatory court appearance.
  • If convicted of violating the SHO, penalties range from $500 for the first offense to $1000 for the third offense, and will be assessed the cost of law enforcement and other responders to the residence.
  • Fees and fines will be collected through a collection agency, through civil action, or through a request for restitution.These will be filed through the appropriate court handling either the violation proceeding or related proceedings.

The amended SHO went into effect August 12, 2011.

Download this pdf for an amended copy of the Lane County Social Host Ordinance (July 2011)

Below: View the slide show below for an overview of what the “SHO” is, why it’s important, and how it affects us in Lane County.

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