Parties in Whitewater
Are you planning a family gathering? Have questions on City Ordinances and regulations? Is your neighbor's gathering getting out of hand? The following is some helpful information for everyone to enjoy a fun and legal gathering.
- Party Ordinances
- Penalties & Fines
- Tips for a Safe Party
- Contact Information for Help
- Note to Residents
General Gathering & Party Ordinances
- 19.58.040 Residential Noise
- 19.58.050 General Noise Disturbance
- 7.02 Obstructing Public Officers
- 7.23.010 Littering
- 7.36 Disturbances of the Peace
- 7.36.020 Offenses Against Public Peace Prohobited
- 7.36.030 Damage to Property
- 7.63.010 Alcohol Offenses
- 8.24 Rubbish
View more information about why your party could be shutdown or fined (PDF).
City of Whitewater Code of Ordinances
View the full listing of Code of Ordinances for the City of Whitewater.
Possible Penalties & Fines for Violation of Ordinances
- Noise Violations: $150 to $300 in fines plus fees
- Disorderly Conduct: $200 to $500 in fines plus fees
- Open Intoxicants in Public: $200 to $500 in fines plus fees
- Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcohol: $200 to $1,000 in fines plus fees and suspension of drivers licenses
- Misrepresentation of Age: $500 to $900 in fines plus fees
Check out a listing of more possible penalties and fines (PDF).
Tips for a Safe & Legal Gathering or Party
- Let your neighbors know about your gathering in advance.
- Invite only people you know.
- Be aware of your guests upon arrival.
- Monitor your gathering and keep it under control- you are responsible for the behavior of your guests.
- Do not let anyone drive if they have been drinking.
- Have a plan for parking and designated drivers if needed.
- Do not sell alcohol or allow underage drinking.
- Do not sponsor large gatherings.
- Ask guests to respect your neighbors, their property and your property.
- Pick up any trash immediately after event.
For Tenants & Landlords
- Tenants - Review your lease and ask your landlord questions about having a gathering on their property.
- Landlords - Send and discuss regulations and rules of your lease on your property.
Read some more helpful reminders (PDF) to keep your next gathering safe, legal, and fun.]
Who to Contact with Concerns About a Gathering or Party
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call Neighborhood Services at 262-473-0540
After Hours & Weekends
Call the Whitewater Police Department non-emergency number at 262-473-0555, ext. 4.
Find more information about what to do if a gathering in your neighborhood is getting out of hand (PDF).
- Department of Public Works Phone: 262-473-0560
- John's Disposal Phone: 262-473-4700
- Parks and Recreation Phone: 262-473-0520
Spring is here and with the arrival of warmer weather comes an increase in outdoor gatherings and celebrations. The quest for harmless fun can be enjoyable and exciting, but on occasion, influences can overrule good judgment and result in the violation of city ordinances.
One spring event which has garnered a great deal of attention the last three years is commonly referred to as Spring Splash. This year, the Spring Splash event is expected to occur Saturday, May 4th. Whether you plan to participate in activities that day, or avoid it altogether, the following sections help clarify important information regarding the event.
Who sponsors and organizes the Spring Splash event?
The annual event now called Spring Splash does not have a direct host, but has been organized and advertised through a social media push. While there is no specific host, a number of individuals will likely host their own gatherings that day, some larger than others.
What is the City’s response to this event?
In most situations, residents hosting gatherings respect local laws and ordinances. However, the irresponsibility of a few has resulted in the need for an increase in public safety presence on the day of this event. Officers from the Whitewater Police Department, UW-Whitewater Police Services, and partnering agencies throughout the region will be on hand to help keep people and property safe throughout the day. Emergency medical services will also be on hand to provide assistance if needed.
How can I ensure my gathering stays safe?
If you plan on hosting a gathering, please become familiar with local laws and ordinances related to large gatherings and special events. These rules and ordinances have been established to help keep residents and property safe. Whitewater’s Municipal Code of Ordinances can be found at www.whitewater-wi.gov under the Government tab. If you have questions or concerns regarding city ordinances, contact the Neighborhood Services Department at (262) 473-0540. You can also visit www.partiesinwhitewater.com for additional information.
I do not want to participate, what should I do?
No resident should feel obligated to tolerate offensive or unsafe conditions as a result of this event. As in prior years, there will likely be a number of houses or apartment complexes where a large body of participants may gather for part or all of the day. With the exception of an increase in the volume of music and conversation expected in such situations, residents are not expected to simply endure vulgar or offensive behavior, trespassing, damage of property, or any other violation of city ordinances. Contact the Whitewater Police Department at (262) 473-0555 ext. 4 if you experience or notice dangerous, reckless or offensive behaviors that could potentially result in bodily injury or property damage to you or others.
What is the UW-Whitewater doing to help with the event?
As previously noted, the UW-Whitewater Police Services will be helping to maintain a public safety presence throughout the community on May 4th. Several university groups have organized to help prepare for, and clean up following the anticipated event on Saturday, May 4th. Some groups will be active in the days leading up to May 4th informing student residents of their responsibilities related to hosting gatherings and events. Other groups are kindly funding meals for law enforcement personnel and the dining halls are donating water and soda. Some groups will be organizing clean-up crews to canvass and clean properties at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th. It is important to note that more student residents and student groups have exhibited responsible behavior in previous years than those that have not. The same is expected to be true this year.
In closing, the City of Whitewater requests all citizens be respectful of their neighbors, visitors and property owners on May 4th, and every day. Thank you for your patience and support.
Whitewater City Manager