Chapter 8.68


8.68.010    Definitions.

8.68.020    Underage gatherings prohibited.

8.68.030    Exemptions.

8.68.040    Violations—Civil penalty.

8.68.010 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)    “Alcoholic beverage” shall mean alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, and every liquid or solid containing alcohol, spirits, wine, or beer that contains one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume; and is fit for beverage purposes either alone or when diluted, mixed or combined with other substances.

(b)    “Property” shall mean private property, rented residential premises, or private rented commercial spaces; including but not limited to a home, yard, garage, apartment, condominium, hotel or motel room, or other dwelling unit, or a hall or meeting room, whether occupied on a temporary or permanent basis, whether occupied as a dwelling, party or other social function, and whether owned, leased, rented, or used with or without compensation.

(c)    “Responsible person” includes:

(1)    The person(s) who owns, rents, leases, or otherwise has a right to control property at which an underage gathering takes place,

(2)    The person(s) in immediate control of property at which an underage gathering takes place, or

(3)    The person(s) who organizes, supervises, sponsors, conducts, allows, or controls access to the underage gathering.

If the property is rented or leased, the landlord or lessor is not covered by this chapter unless they fall within the category of persons described under subsection (c)(2) or (3) of this section.

(d)    “Underage gathering” means a party or gathering of four or more persons at a property at which alcoholic beverages or controlled substances are being consumed or possessed by one or more underage persons or one or more underage persons are exhibiting effects of consuming alcoholic beverages or the use of a controlled substance.

(e)    “Underage persons” shall mean any person under age twenty-one. (Ord. 1406 § 1 (part), 2014).

8.68.020 Underage gatherings prohibited.

(a)    An underage gathering constitutes a public nuisance, is an immediate threat to public health and safety, and is prohibited.

(b)    As a public nuisance, the underage gathering may be summarily abated by law enforcement by all reasonable means, singularly or in combinations, including, but not limited to:

(1)    Issuance of notice of civil infraction as authorized by Chapter 7.80 RCW;

(2)    Public nuisance abated pursuant to Chapter 8.26;

(3)    Any other remedy provided by law. (Ord. 1406 § 1 (part), 2014).

8.68.030 Exemptions.

(a)    This chapter shall not apply to any location or place that is regulated by permit or license issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

(b)    This chapter shall not apply to underage gatherings where the only underage persons consuming alcoholic beverages are being closely supervised in person by their parent or guardian while consuming the alcoholic beverages.

(c)    The chapter does not apply to alcoholic beverages given for medicinal purposes to an underage person by a parent, guardian, physician, or dentist, or to controlled substances given for medicinal purposes to an underage person by a physician or dentist.

(d)    This chapter does not apply to alcoholic beverages given to an underage person when such alcoholic beverage is being consumed in connection with religious services and the amount consumed is the minimal amount necessary for the religious service. (Ord. 1406 § 1 (part), 2014).

8.68.040 Violations—Civil penalty.

Upon identification of an underage gathering, law enforcement may issue a notice of infraction to any and all known responsible persons with a C-8 penalty to each responsible person. (Ord. 1406 § 1 (part), 2014).