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Local Government Legal Resources: Intro and Accessing Local Codes

Sources of information pertaining to municipal or county legal research, with a special emphasis on California local government.

Introduction

This guide provides suggested sources of information pertaining to municipal or county legal research, with a special emphasis on California local government. These sources are generally available in either the Berkeley Law Library,  the Institute of Governmental Studies Library (Moses Hall) or online (either freely accessible or through subscription databases as described below).

Locating City Codes and Charters

UC Berkeley's IGS Library Local Codes and Ordinances - UC Berkeley's IGS Library maintains a large collection of of local ordinances codes and charters issued by California cities and counties. If you need to find a California municode check this site first. In addition to hyperlinks to electronic editions, they have a list of currently available codes and charters issued in loose-leaf format. Other separately published charters and zoning ordinances may be found in the Melvyl Catalog under the following subject headings:
  • [PLACE NAME]--CHARTERS
  • ZONING LAW--CALIFORNIA--[PLACE NAME]

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