New HBPD Ordinance to Respond to Loud Parties and Unruly Conduct

On April 16, 2024, the Huntington Beach City Council approved the update to Ordinance No. 4317. This ordinance brings important changes to the Huntington Beach Municipal Code (HBMC) Chapter 8.42 regarding police intervention in response to loud parties and unruly conduct. This Chapter aims to clarify what constitutes unlawful behavior, specify who is responsible, and discuss the potential penalties.

Unruly or loud conduct includes actions such as obstruction of streets, public intoxication, public urination, underage drinking, assault or battery, vandalism, and littering. It also covers throwing objects or spraying liquids into the streets, sidewalks, or alleyways. Any behavior that threatens or disturbs public safety, residential properties, or public property may result in fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Importantly, “a responsible person or host need not have been issued a prior warning  in order to be subject to the penalties for violation of this section.”

For Independence Day and other holidays, the HBPD and Code Enforcement will have increased patrols and enforcement for parties violating these regulations. The host, property owners, or the person organizing the event must take the lead in establishing clear rules and boundaries, maintaining reasonable volume levels, restricting alcohol access to individuals over 21, and containing the party within the host’s property. By adhering to these guidelines, hosts can play a significant role in maintaining the safety and well-being of the entire community. To read more on Chapter 8.42, visit here.

To report violations, call HBPD Dispatch at (714) 960-8825 or 911 for emergencies.