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"Keggers": What You Need to Know

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Written by Jen Schneider, Neighbourhood Relations and Off-Campus Peer

It’s the time of year for socializing and parties. Mild temperatures and a moderate workload at the beginning of the school year can make hosting keg parties seem like an attractive way to unwind before midterms hit.

If you are considering hosting a party, you must be aware of some important things. First off, it is ILLEGAL to sell alcohol in a private residence (termed “bootlegging”). If you’re planning to sell alcohol, you must find an appropriate location like a hall, or a community room in a townhouse complex. If money is exchanged for alcohol sales at a private residence, you and your friends could be charged with a criminal offence. Also, if you’re are planning to sell or serve alcohol at a party, you must have a special occasion permit (SOP) which you can apply for here It’s the website of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

In addition, when you host a party you are legally liable. For instance...

*You are responsible for happens to your guests (or what your guests do) while on your property.
*You may also be responsible for your guests’ safety and actions until they are sober.
*You are legally liable for any injuries and damages that take place.
*You may be held liable for the actions of an intoxicated guest.
* And do not allow guests to drink and drive! Arrange for safe transportation.

Moreover, relationships with your neighbours may become tense as a result of a “wild” party. Consider talking to your neighbours before the festivity so they are aware of the event, but also so that they have a chance to let you know what their expectations are. And be mindful that noise coming from your house that disturbs other residents can result in a ticket (about $160) for violating the Noise Control By-Law.

Being mindful of your responsibilities to your guests and neighbours will still allow you to party in a fun, social and safe environment…while avoiding having to deal with any nasty repercussions.

Cheers!

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