July 3, 2014

Fireworks Prohibited – Violators Subject To Triple Fine Penalties – July 4-6, 2014 - Minimum Fine $532

With thousands of visitors expected to visit Santa Cruz over the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend, the Santa Cruz City Council has taken steps to ensure the City remains safe and clean for everyone.  The Santa Cruz City Council has approved a citywide safety enhancement zone for July 4-6, 2014. This means tripling of fines for violations such as the discharge of fireworks, littering and public consumption of alcohol. With additional court costs, minimum fines will be $532. 

The Santa Cruz Police Department will be actively seeking out and aggressively enforcing all violations that have been designated for triple fines under the safety enhancement zone, including the following violations of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code:
  • Fireworks
  • Possession of Open Containers or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Public Places
  • Discharge of Firearms
  • Graffiti
  • Defacing Sidewalks
  • Noise Violations
  • Trespassing
  • Conduct on Public Property
  • Urinating/Defecating in Public  
If you witness illegal fireworks being discharged or any of the violations listed above, the Santa Cruz Police Department strongly encourages you to call 9-1-1 immediately to report the incident. We ask that you are willing to assist us by signing a complaint against the person(s) responsible and be willing to testify in court, if necessary. We are relying on our partnership with the community to keep us all safe this 4th of July. 

For more information, click on the following links:

City Newsroom

Information Report to City Council

Thank you and have a safe Independence Day holiday weekend.