Municipal Laws and Ordinances
In addition to state laws enacted by the Texas Legislature, Texas local governments (counties and municipalities) may also enact ordinances within their jurisdiction. These ordinances are usually passed by a county commissioners court or by a city council and are enforced by local law enforcement agencies (e.g., police departments, sheriffs, constables).
While some of the larger cities in Texas publish their ordinances online, not all local governments are able to upload their ordinances, and so they must be reviewed in person. To access a local government's ordinances in print, you may need to go through the city clerk's office, the county clerk's office, or in smaller cities and towns, through the governing body itself (for example, the county commissioners or city councilmen).
The sites below serve as digital libraries for municipal codes and ordinances. While many city ordinances are available, not all will be. If you do not find your city's ordinances on one site, you may still want to check the other sites as some carry many more sets of ordinances than others. And please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having trouble locating an ordinance.
- AmLegal - provides access to the ordinances of about 40 Texas cities
- Franklin Legal Publishing - very large collection of city ordinances for Texas cities
- Municode for Texas - another large collection of city ordinances for Texas cities
- Municode for Codes Nationally - find ordinances from local governments outside of Texas