OPEN INTOX in Ann Arbor


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Open Container Law Ann Arbor MI

It is illegal in Ann Arbor, Michigan to drink or possess open containers that contain alcohol, beer, wine, or spirits while on public property. The City of Ann Arbor calls alcohol containing drinks “intoxicating substances”. Public property is also narrowly defined. If you are caught by the Ann Arbor Police Department drinking or holding an open alcohol container on public property or streets, then you will get charged with a misdemeanor called open intox or possession on public streets.

Ann Arbor City Ordinances

9:75 – Consumption in Public

No person shall consume alcoholic liquor on the public streets, in a public parking lot, in a public parking structure or in the portion of any business premises open to the public if that business is not licensed to sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises. A business or organization having permission from the Liquor Control Commission for outdoor sales may, with the approval of the City Council, sell or deliver alcoholic liquor for consumption on a designated area of public streets, parking structures or parking lots, subject to such restrictions as to time, dates and location as may be imposed by the City Council. It shall not be a violation of this section for a person to consume alcoholic liquor obtained from such a business or organization if such consumption is made in the designated area.

(Ord. No. 09-18, § 1, 5-18-09)

9:80 – Possession on public street.

Except in those areas where consumption of alcoholic liquor is permitted by this chapter, no person shall possess alcoholic liquor in an open, uncapped, or unsealed container on a public street.

(Ord. No. 09-18, § 1, 5-18-09)