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Local Government Resource Desk

Ordinances, Resolutions, & Codification

Municipal Ordinances


An ordinance is a law enacted by a local government. It establishes the rules for the operation of the local government or provides rules and regulations governing public activity in the community. Some ordinances are intended to be permanent and are assembled in an indexed book called a "code of ordinances" or a "municipal code". Other ordinances may be temporary in nature, and therefore do not need to be codified. To be valid, an ordinance cannot conflict with state or federal law, and it must be properly enacted. An ordinance applies only in the municipality in which it is adopted.

Narrative Frequently Asked Questions Additional Resources Applicable Laws and Regulations Revised 12/31/2014