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Town Codes & Ordinances


Municipal councils are local, deliberative, legislative assemblies empowered to enact regulations, resolutions and ordinances consistent with the constitutions and general laws of the state of the nation. Ordinances are local laws of a general and permanent nature.


Rules and procedures for adopting ordinances must be established by ordinance. Every proposed ordinance must be introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption. No ordinance has the force of law until it has had at least two readings on two separate days with at least seven days between each reading and final ratification by Council.

 

Municipal ordinances must be codified, indexed, typewritten or printed, maintained in a current form and available for public inspection at reasonable times.

The following council acts must be accomplished by ordinance:

  • Adopt or amend an administrative code;
  • Establish, alter or abolish any municipal department, office or agency;
  • Provide for a fine, provides for a penalty, establishes a rule or establishes a regulation in which a fine or other penalty is imposed for violations;
  • Adopt budgets and levy taxes;
  • Grant, renew or extend franchises;
  • Authorize the borrowing of money;
  • Sell, lease or contract to sell or lease any lands of the municipality;
  • Amend or repeal any ordinance described above.    
Sullivan's Island Ordinance Procedures                                        

All Town ordinances are deliberated and approved by Town Council in a multi-step process:

 

    1st Reading - Read by Title Only but discussion and amendments are allowed by majority vote of Council

    2nd Reading - Minimum six (6) days after 1st Reading. 

    Ratification - Accomplished with 2nd Reading

All ordinances are introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption. Click Here to read Ordinance 2012-5 (ratified October 16, 2012) outlining this procedure. Section 2-27, Town Code of Ordinances, provides full details of the ordinance approval process.

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