Ordinance Templates and Examples
Some more inspiration while you draft.
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Take a look at some templates and examples from around the country. We’ll keep this updated as things change. Thank you for notifying us here of any mistakes or broken links or if there’s something you would like to add.

Federal

House of Representatives

Forms of Legislation from the Office of the Legislative Counsel’s Legislative Drafting Guide


State

Alabama

Elections Manual - Sample Ordinances provided by the Alabama League of Municipalities.

Alaska

Sample Documents from the Alaska Municipal Land Management Handbook provided by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

Arkansas

Arkansas Municipal League provides a list of example documents including sample ordinances.

California

CalRecycle provides a list of example ordinances, resolutions, and policies relating to recycling programs. California Energy Commission provides a list of example ordinances, resolutions, and policies relating to renewable energy technologies.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Judicial Branch maintains a list of ordinances and charters by town.

Idaho

The Idaho Municipal Attorneys, Inc. (formerly the Association of Idaho City Attorneys) maintains Ordinance Forms, but the forms are available only to those that are members.

Illinois

The Illinois Municipal League maintains both a list of Model Ordinances created by the IML itself and a list of Sample Ordinances & Code Provisions that it has accumulated from other municipalities. The IML also maintains a list of all available online codified ordinances of Illinois municipalities.

Iowa

Drake Law School maintains a list of all available online codified ordinances of Iowa municipalities.

Kansas

The City Attorney’s Association of Kansas maintains a list of Sample Ordinances.

Kentucky

The Kentucky League of Cities maintains a collection of municipal ordinances from cities around the state. There is also a sample ordinance regarding municipal sign regulation provided by the Kentucky League of Cities.

Maryland

The Maryland State Library maintains a collection of municipal codes from cities around the state.

Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association maintains some sample ordinances and bylaws.

Michigan

The Michigan State University College of Law maintains a collection of municipal ordinances from cities around the state. There is also a collection of sample ordinances maintained by the Michigan Municipal League.

Minnesota

The League of Minnesota Cities maintains a resource library with links to city codes and model ordinances.

New Jersey

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities maintains a collection of sample ordinances.

North Carolina

The North Carolina League of Municipalities has attorneys that can provide sample ordinances to league members, but that information is not readily online.

North Dakota

The North Dakota League of Cities sells a book that contains model ordinances relating to a variety of topics.

Ohio

The Ohio Municipal League maintains a list of the Top 10 Requested Sample Ordinances on its website.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Municipal League provides some Sample Ordinances on their website.

Oregon

The League of Oregon Cities provides a list of example documents including various ordinances.

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Municipal League provides Model Ordinances to its members, but that information is not readily available online.

Texas

Texas Municipal League provides a list of example documents including various ordinances.

Utah

Utah League of Cities and Towns maintains a list of Model Ordinances.

Washington

Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is a nonprofit that serves local governments across Washington State. They have a great database of sample documents including ordinances, forms, job descriptions, etc.

West Virginia

The West Virginia Municipal League maintains a directory of sample ordinances covering a wide variety of topics.

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Law Library maintains a list of ordinances and codes by city/town/village/county. The Wisconsin Towns Association provides a list of Sample Town Ordinances.


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