Local Laws and County Ordinances

In California, no one under the age of 21 is allowed to consume or possess alcohol. The following information is an excerpt from the UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program.

Campus Police and the Isla Vista Foot Patrol strictly enforce the law. UCSB students should be familiar with local and state laws and county ordinances that apply on campus and in the community of Isla Vista. A list of these laws and ordinances as well as penalties and fines can be found on the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office/Isla Vista Foot Patrol page. The following is a partial list of illegal activities that carry stiff fines and/or suspension of a driver’s license (some violations will result in arrest and booking into jail):

    • Minor in possession of alcohol or furnishing alcohol to a minor
    • Driving/biking under the influence and public intoxication
    • Display of an open container of alcohol; public consumption of alcohol
    • Possession of alcohol in Isla Vista parks
    • Possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia
    • Possession of false identification
    • Urinating in public
    • Nighttime noise violation (amplified noise Sunday-Thursday after 10 p.m.; Friday/Saturday after 12 a.m.) or disturbing the peace