A condensed look at the ordinance process

What is an ordinance?

An ordinance is the name typically used for a law passed by a local political subdivision, such as a city, county, village, or town. Ordinances may address a wide variety of local issues, from local government structure to speed limits and sign sizes. The process for passing an ordinance is determined by the laws of each individual state, though there are many similarities between states. The diagram below portrays how the ordinance process generally works.

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