Party Throwing Checklist

Here are some simple ways to keep your party fun, safe, and friendly. As a host you are responsible for the safety and welfare of your guests. Familiarize yourself with local policies and laws.


Before the Party

  • Plan your guest list and site for hosting the event. Set your Facebook event invitation to private to keep your party on your terms.
  • For a big event, obtain a Noise Permit Application to the City of Davis so you will have some more leeway in how loud your party can be.
  • Designate sober host(s) to monitor the event and ensure a safe party
  • Let your neighbors know that you’ll be throwing a party and give them contact information so they’ll call a sober host before they call the police.
  • Coordinate having sober monitors check IDs* at the main entrance of the party and throughout the event.
    • Acceptable forms of ID with age information include valid driver license, state-issued ID and U.S. active-duty military ID.
  • Plan to serve water, non-alcoholic drinks and provide snacks for guests, especially for those under 21.
  • Coordinate parking so no one gets towed.
  • Plan to protect your house from spills, dirt, and other damage.

Day of the Party

  • Have one main entrance and close other access routes such as windows to regulate who you want at the party.
  • Close doors to bedrooms and private areas to protect your personal belongings and property.
  • Keep the party people and drinks inside the residence.
  • Have sober monitors to check ID’s, watch your guests for possible signs of alcohol poisoning and stop service of alcohol to intoxicated guests and those acting with aggressive behavior.
  • Call 911 if your party starts to get out of control.
  • Make sure your guests get home safely! Plan to have DDs available or give local transportation a call. Remember, as a party host, you’re liable for the actions of people who leave your party intoxicated.

After the Party:

  • Clean up any trash surrounding your place and anything that has spilled over to a neighbor’s property.
  • Check in with your neighbors to hear feedback on the party.
  • Celebrate the success of a safe and fun party!