Most NJ Municipalities Bar Underage Drinking On Private Property

MILLBURN– The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey announced the results of a recent survey of New Jersey municipalities showing that 67 percent of responding municipalities have adopted a local ordinance prohibiting possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged person on private property.

In 2000, the New Jersey Legislature allowed municipalities “to enact local ordinances making it unlawful for any person under the legal age who, without legal authority, knowingly possesses or knowingly consumes an alcoholic beverage on private property.”


Of the 566 municipalities surveyed, 454 responded to the survey. Of the responding communities, 305 municipalities have enacted local ordinances, with 149 indicating that they have not yet passed such a local ordinance.

Communities in all 21 counties have enacted local ordinances. Counties with the most ordinances include Bergen County at 89%, Monmouth County at 87% and Sussex County at 83%.

“These ordinances are important because they serve as a deterrent to underage drinking. Underage drinking and the effect is has on our children and our communities continues to be a major concern of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey,” explained Angelo M. Valente, executive director of the partnership. “By establishing a comprehensive list of municipalities throughout New Jersey, parents and stakeholders will be able to easily access information about their hometowns.”

A complete list, with county by county and municipal breakdowns, can be found by visiting

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