Central District: Alcohol & Parties

Alcohol intoxication continues to be a major concern of the Madison Police Department. Typical calls for service as a result of excessive use of alcohol use include sexual assaults, fights, vandalism, and thefts. Underage drinking and the use of false identifications to gain entry into bars put students at risk of receiving citations for city ordinance violations, but more importantly becoming a crime victim.

In an effort to reduce the number of persons being victimized by alcohol related crime, (i.e. sexual assaults and batteries), the Madison Police Department uses a number of enforcement strategies. The most common enforcement tools are citations for violators of city ordinances relating to alcohol. Fines range from $100 to $968. Some violations require a mandatory court appearance.

Through our educational efforts, the Madison Police Department wants to facilitate voluntary compliance. However, officers are prepared to issue citations and/or arrest violators to achieve a safe and orderly environment In the downtown area.

Alcohol Related City Ordinances

  • City Ord. 38.031 State Statute 125.07(4)(a)
    UNDERAGE PERSON NOT TO PROCURE OR ATTEMPT TO PROCURE ALCOHOL FROM LICENSEE
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $366-$996
  • City Ord. 38.031 State Statute 125.07(4)(a)2
    UNDERAGE PERSON NOT TO POSSESS OR CONSUME ALCOHOL BEVERAGE ON LICENSED PREMISES
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $366-$996
  • City Ord. 38.031 State Statute 125.07(4)(a)3
    UNDERAGE PERSON ENTERS OR ATTEMPTS TO ENTER LICENSED PREMISES
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $366-$996
  • City Ord. 38.031 State Statute 125.07(4)(a)4
    UNDERAGE PERSON NOT TO FALSELY REPRESENT AGE FOR PURPOSE OF RECEIVING ALCOHOL FROM LICENSEE
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $366-$996
  • City Ord. 38.031 State Statute 125.085(3)(b)1
    UNDERAGE PERSON INTENTIONALLY CARRYING ID NOT THEIRS, OR CARRYING ALTERED OR DUPLICATED TO CONVEY FALSE INFORMATION
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $366-$996
  • City Ord. 38.031 State Statute 125.085(3)(b)2
    UNDERAGE PERSON MAKES, ALTERS OR DUPLICATES OFFICIAL ID CARD
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $366-$996
  • City Ord.38.031 State Statute 125.085(3)(b)4
    UNDERAGE PERSON INTENTIONALLY CARRIES AN ID CARD OR OTHER DOCUMENTATION SHOWING PERSON HAS OBTAINED LEGAL DRINKING AGE WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT DOCUMENT IS FALSE
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $429
  • City Ord. 38.031 State Statute 125.07(4)(b)
    UNDERAGE PERSON POSSESSES OR CONSUMES OFF LICENSED PREMISES
    Ages: 18-20
    Fine: $177-$681
  • City Ord. 38.07(5) State Statute 125.10(1)
    UNLAWFUL TO PERMIT PERSON TO LEAVE LICENSED PREMISES WITH AN OPEN CONTAINER WHICH CONTAINS AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
    Fine: $303
  • City Ord. 38.07(7) State Statute 125.10(1)
    UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS OPEN CONTAINER OF OR CONSUME ALCOHOL BEVERAGE ON A PUBLIC STREET OR ALLEY (Except when street use permit obtained and temporary malt beverage license obtained for event)