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Legal Research Resources for USD Students (Non-Law): Local Government Law
This guide is intended for academic research in legal resources by University of South Dakota graduate and undergraduate students from colleges and schools other than the School of Law. The information in this guide is not intended as legal advice.
This code publisher offers several search options: (1) search all the codes in its library; (2) search all codes within a state; or (3) select a city and search/browse its code.
Ordinances are the legislative enactments of a city council, county commission, or board of supervisors. Municipal codes are organized by subject and contain those ordinances in force at the time of publication. Municipal codes usually are published online by various publishers. See Steven M. Barkan, Legal Research Illustrated: An Abridgment of Fundamental of Legal Research 209 (9th ed. 2009).
The most efficient method of locating the municipal code of a city is to search the city's official website for a link to its code. One also may search the websites below for local government ordinances.
Refer to the diagram on the Courts and Case Law tab. Locate the "Source Directory" at the top of the page and click "Browse." Select the folder "Legislation, Statutes and Codes and click on the folder "Regulatory Codes." Select a Code of Ordinances from the alphabetical list or check more than one Code to search all.
Click on "Get Codes" in the upper right corner of the webpage. Select the state and choose from a list of municipalities. Currently, Mitchell is the only South Dakota city with information from this site.
Find a county a city is located in by (1) searching by name of city, (2) by zip code, (3) by selecting a state and viewing all the cities within that state, and (4) by selecting a state, then a county from within that state to view a list of those cities.