City Ordinances

Ordinances
An Ordinance is a local law that usually regulates persons or property and usually relates to a matter of general and permanent nature.  Ordinances are permanent records of the City and for easy access, can be codified into one document. 

The City of Fair Oaks Ranch's Code of Ordinances is available on line by visiting Franklin Legal Publishing.  Updates to the codification are performed bi-annually; usually March and October.


Purpose of Adopting a City Code
Prior to the adoption of the Code of Ordinances, the City's ordinances were not available in a single document.  The ordinances and amendments were all separate documents and were difficult to access and understand.  State law permits a city to adopt a "code", a single document incorporating all of the city's general and permanent ordinances into a single document.

In 2007 the City submitted all its' ordinances to Franklin Legal Publishing, the company retained to do the codification.  Franklin Legal then developed a draft Code that combined ordinances into a single document; language was standardized and updated to modern terms where necessary, and references to State Statutes were added.  These changes were made by attorneys and editorial staff of Franklin Legal Publishing.  In February 2008, the City Council adopted the City's Code of Ordinances.

New Ordinances
Ordinances that have been added or amended after the adopted codification and prior to the bi-annual supplement can be viewed by clicking here.