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North Carolina Constitution, Statutes & Ordinances Research

This guide provides an overview of sources and research strategies for North Carolina statutory law, including the state's constitution, statutes, session laws, and county/municipal ordinances.

Finding County and Muncipal Ordinances

Ordinances are laws or regulations created by local governments.

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The UNC Libraries hold some local government ordinances in print, scattered among the various libraries. Search the catalog to find the precise location for these charters on the UNC campus.

Online Collections of Ordinances

Municipal Code Corporation –or more commonly referred to as “Municode”—is a private company that publishes municipal ordinances for some local governments. Municode includes ordinances from all fifty states, however not every county or municipality is included. Browse ordinances by a county or municipality’s table of contents or search using keywords.

Code Publishing Company (CPC) is a private company that publishes ordinances for municipalities for approximately half the American states. Coverage in the western states is particularly good. Browse ordinances by a county or municipality’s table of contents or search using keywords.

General Code (a service within the not-for-profit organization International Code Council) provides online access to some U.S. municipal codes through their eCode360® platform. Coverage in northeastern and central states is particularly good. Browse ordinances by a county or municipality’s table of contents or search using keywords.

American Legal is a private company that publishes codes of ordinances and provides online access for a variety of U.S. states—over half of the fifty states. Browse ordinances by a county or municipality’s table of contents or search using keywords.

County & Town Websites

Some North Carolina counties and towns publish their ordinances on their own websites. Some may link to one of the above services. A list of county websites can be found through the UNC School of Government's website. The School of Government also provides a list of North Carolina city, town, and village websites.

Subscription Databases

Lexis Advance has municipal codes for towns and counties in most states. Select "Find a Source." Search "municipal codes" to view all state collections of municipal codes or search "North Carolina municipal codes" to view what is available for North Carolina.