Answered By: Valerie Weis
Last Updated: Dec 13, 2017     Views: 2

There is no easy way to conduct searches of all municipal ordinances in the United States.

The LexisNexis Academic database is the most comprehensive source of ordinances. To access ordinance with LexisNexis Academic, click on the blue Browse button at the top of the screen. Next select, Legislation, Statutes & Codes folder. Then, select the Regulatory Code folder. This search will retrieve a list of all city and county ordinances as well as ordinances grouped within states (ie All Texas ordinances)

Place checkmarks next to each ordinance database that you want to search. You can also search the All Municipal Code file, which includes all ordinances contained in the LexisNexis Academic database. Click on the (i) icon next to the each database name to see all ordinances that are included within that specific database.

In addition, to looking on individual city or county websites, you can also search for ordinances on the following public web sites:

Lastly, think tanks and non-profit organizations may track and monitor city/county ordinances on specific topics. You can also search for law review articles or law books (called treatises) to see if they contain You can view the HKS Library Legal Research Guide for access to law review databases and other general legal research resources that may include citations to ordinances relating to specific legal topics ie land use law or municipal law.

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