Local Laws adopted by the legislative body of a local government (county, city, town or village) are filed with the Department of State pursuant to section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law. Additionally, the legislative body of each county is required to provide the Secretary of State with a complete codification of all local laws (“county code”) in effect that it has adopted.
The New York Department of State maintains an electronic database of local laws and county codes (“Local Laws Database”). The database contains local laws filed with the Department of State on or after January 1, 1998. It also includes county codes filed on or after April 1, 2015. Local laws and county codes filed with the Department of State are usually included in the Local Laws Database within two business days.
Local laws filed prior to January 1, 1998 are not in the Local Laws Database. They are maintained in manual files. Copies of these local laws may be obtained by sending a written request to the Department of State along with the required fee.
The public may search the Local Laws Database on this website. Please review the “Local Laws Search Instructions” for detailed instructions on performing searches and viewing images of filed local laws and county codes which can be found below.