What is the Alcohol Use Policy when renting facilities at the Fairgrounds?

Alcoholic beverages may only be served at City Parks and Recreation facilities upon City approval in accordance with this policy. Alcohol is strictly prohibited at events with 50% or more of participants under the age of 21. Approval to sell alcohol at City facilities must be obtained from the Director of Parks and Recreation or authorized representative and the Petaluma Police Chief or authorized representative. A copy of the ABC License must be on file with the City of Petaluma within thirty (30) days prior to scheduled event.



  • Serving or selling alcoholic beverages to any person under age 21 is illegal. In addition to any sanctions under this policy, providing alcohol to minors is subject to criminal enforcement. Possession of alcohol by minors will result in the event being canceled.
  • Upon such cancellation or closure, all fees and deposits paid for the event will be forfeited and may be retained by the City.
  • The use of alcohol is restricted to no more than five hours per event.
  • All alcoholic beverage services must terminate one hour before the scheduled end of the event unless the event.
  • Beverage servers/sellers must refuse service/sale to anyone who appears to be intoxicated or without valid identification. A
    security guard must be present wherever alcoholic beverages are sold or served. The license holder/person(s) serving alcohol to minors during events held on City property are solely responsible for any criminal or civil penalties imposed.
  • Proof of age is required for anyone who appears 30 years of age or younger. Acceptable forms of identification are Military I.D., Passport, or Driver’s License and must include date of birth, physical description, and photograph. Servers must confirm that the I.D. is that of the presenter.
  • All beverages must be served in plastic cups. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages must be served in distinctly different
  • Alcohol limitations:
    • Beer- one keg per 100 adults is permitted. (200 adults= 2 kegs, 300 adults = 3 kegs).
    • Wine- 14 bottles per 100 adults are permitted. (200 adults = 28 bottles, 300 adults = 42 bottles).
    • OR any combination of the above per 100 adults.
  • Alcoholic beverage sales/services are not to exceed 2 standard drinks per person per visit to the point of service. For purposes of this policy, a standard drink is a 12-ounce beer, or a 4-ounce glass of wine. Serving practices will reflect this equivalency.
  • Non-alcoholic beers and wines may not be sold or served to minors.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be brought into or taken out of the event by guests or participants.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (sodas, juices, waters, etc.) will be promoted and made available for the duration of any event where alcoholic beverages are sold or served.



  • All alcohol must be presented to and inventoried by City staff and private security prior to the event. Once alcohol is inventoried no further alcohol will be permitted at the facility.
  • No alcohol may be served or sold prior to the arrival of security.
  • No alcohol may be allowed outside the area where alcohol is permitted as designated in the contract between the City of
    Petaluma and permittee, including outside the building.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the parking lot.



  • All events with 100 or more guests distributing alcohol, must either utilize the services of a caterer who is licensed and insured to serve alcohol at their client’s event or at least one person trained in Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) must be present for the duration of the event to assist servers and monitor the event. Depending on the type and size of event, all servers may be required to participate in RBS training. The RBS trained personnel will assume responsibility for insuring that alcohol related policies are enforced. The name(s) of the designated (RBS) person(s) will be submitted to facility management before the event. You can find an online training course at https://abcbiz.abc.ca.gov/.
  • Volunteers are not allowed to drink alcohol while working at the event.



  • At least one person present for the duration of the event will be designated to assist with arrangements for alternative
    transportation for alcohol impaired individuals, if requested by City staff or event participants. The name of this person will be submitted to City facility management before the event.



  • City facility management reserves the right to close any event that violates this policy or that poses a health or safety risk.
  • A uniformed security guard must be present at all times during alcohol service and monitor all sales and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
  • Alcoholic beverage servers must be identified as such through the use of badges, buttons, pins, vests, etc.
  • Conditions of sale, including the ABC Permit if required, must be posted in a conspicuous place visible to the public and available upon request by any peace officer.
Blood Alcohol
Concentration (BAC)
.02% Reached after approximately one drink; light or moderate drinkers feel some effect; e.g. warmth and relaxation.
.04% Most people feel relaxed, talkative, happy. Skin may flush.
.05% First sizeable changes begin to occur. Lightheadedness, giddiness, lowered inhibitions, and less control of thought may be experienced. Both restraint and judgment are lowered; coordination may be slightly altered.
.06% Judgment somewhat impaired; normal ability to make a rational decision about personal capabilities is affected; e.g. concerning driving ability.
.08% Definite impairment of muscle coordination and a slower reaction time; driving ability suspect. Sensory feelings of numbness of the cheeks and lips. Hands, arms, and legs may tingle and then feel numb. (Since 1/1/90, it has been illegal in California to drive with a BAC of .08% or more.)
.10% Clumsy; speech may become fuzzy. Clear deterioration of reaction time and muscle control.
.15% Definite impairment of balance and movement. The equivalent of a half pint of whiskey is now in the bloodstream!
.20% Motor and emotional control centers measurably affected; slurred speech, staggering; loss of balance, and double-vision.
.30% Lack of understanding of what is seen or heard; individual is confused or stuporous. Consciousness may be lost at this level; i.e. individual “passes out.”
.40% Usually unconscious; skin clammy.
.45% Respiration slows and can stop altogether.
.50% Death can result.


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