Municipal Laws and Ordinances
The Texas Local Government Code contains statutes that outline a municipality's authority to enact ordinances within their jurisdiction. The specific procedures for enacting ordinances differ depending on the type of municipality. These ordinances are usually enforced by local law enforcement agencies such as city police departments.
Counties also have some authority to enact ordinances, but a county's authority is generally more limited than that of a municipality. Some statutes explicitly grant counties the power to enact ordinances, but these are for very specific purposes. To access a county's ordinances, first check the county's official website as some of the more populous counties publish their ordinances online. If they are not online, the county clerk, county judge, county commissioners, or your local public library may be able to provide access to county ordinances.
Many of the larger cities in Texas publish their ordinances online. But because not all municipalities do, you may need to review the ordinances in person. To access a municipality's ordinances in print, you may need to go through the city clerk's office, or in smaller cities and towns, through the governing body itself (e.g., councilpersons, mayor, aldermen, commissioners). Your local public library may also have a print copy of city ordinances.
The websites below serve as digital libraries for the codes and ordinances of certain municipalities. 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. Some cities also publish their ordinances on their own website rather than on a third-party site. You can Ask a Librarian for help if you are having trouble locating a city's ordinances.
- AmLegal — provides access to the ordinances of over 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