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How do ordinances differ from resolutions?

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 5:40 PM


A. What is an ordinance? An ordinance is defined as a formal legislative act of a municipal governing body which has the force and effect of a continuing regulation and a permanent rule of conduct or government for the municipality. 11 O.S. Section 1-102.


B. What is a resolution? A resolution is a special or temporary act of a governing body which is declaratory of the will or opinion of a municipality in a given matter and is in the nature of a ministerial or administrative act. A resolution is not a law and does not prescribe a permanent rule of conduct or government. 11 O.S. Section 1-102.


C. What are resolution details? Resolutions are not required to be published unless required by Charter. Municipal clerks are not required to keep a “Resolution Book”. Some clerks record resolutions in full in a minute book, but no statute requires this.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly at OML via our Inquiry Page or contact your municipal attorney. We welcome you to comment on any of our Inquiry FAQ blog posts.

Please Note: This summary is not a substitute for legal advice. You should consult your city or town attorney prior to taking any action based on this document.

Categories: Ordinances and Resolutions