I'm looking for municipal codes or ordinances. Where do I start?

Municipal codes are laws passed by a local governing body (often of a county, city, village, township, or other similar governmental subdivision). The laws themselves can be referred to by many names, including “ordinance,” “bylaw,” and “measure,” among others. 

The Law Library of Congress has published an online research guide on where to find local laws, such as ordinances, bylaws, measures, or municipal codes. Researchers can visit Municipal Codes: A Beginner's Guide to start their research.


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