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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]
American Legal Publishing
- This site offers the abiltity to search 1) all the codes in their library (currenty 35 states), 2) search all the codes within a state, and 3) select a city and search its code.
Code Publishing Co.
- Includes a list of online codes for 20 states, with especially useful coverage for Oregon and Washington.
(Berkeley Law affiliates only) - From the home page choose the "Content Type" tab, then click on Statutes and Legislation>Municipal Codes.
Quality Code Publishing
- Includes a series of online codes for 5 states although the majority are for California cities. Used primariily as an interface for cities to publish their codes electronically.