Know the Law

While hosting a party can be a lot of fun, it is not without its risks. Knowing the law will go a long way towards minimizing those risks. We can’t cover all of the laws here, so we’ve highlighted a few of which you should be aware. 

It is against the law to: 
  • Sell alcoholic beverages (or charge money for cups, have a cover charge, a music fee, etc. where alcohol is being served) without a liquor license issued by the state. 
  • Provide or sell alcohol to people under 21. 
  • Have open alcohol in any place open to the public in the City of Ypsilanti, including the sidewalk or the street. 
  • Have a party that gets too loud, meaning it can be heard from the street or adjacent property. It is important that you monitor noise. Police are under no obligation to give a warning and fines can range from $250 to $1,000. If there are other contributing factors at your party (outdoor drinking games, common source of alcohol, overcrowding, etc.) the severity of the violation and fines are likely to go up.