The City Council is empowered by state law to adopt ordinances, so long as they do not conflict with the state constitution, state laws or federal laws. Ordinances are the most binding form of action taken by the City Council. Approval of most ordinances requires two separate readings at least five days apart. Once adopted, an ordinance generally takes effect 30 days after final passage and remains in place until and unless it is revised or repealed by a subsequent ordinance. During this 30-day period, the public can use the referendum process to repeal the law.

The majority of ordinances create or revise city laws. These laws are contained in the municipal code ( Ordinances that amend the municipal code are incorporated into the code book periodically. Ordinances that have not yet been incorporated into the code are identified by the CodeAlert feature.


Ordinances Introduced and to be Considered for Adoption.

Ordinances Adopted.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1170-20 - will prohibit residential and commercial evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1171-20 - will update the uniform codes adopted by the City by adopting the 2020 Los Angeles County Fire Codes.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1172-20 - will add the definition of "responsible party" for violations of the Lawndale Municipal Code.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1174-20 - will provide an alternate procedure for code enforcement compliance through administrative citations for certain types of violations.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1175-20 - updates standards for awarding density bonuses for residential developments consistent with recent changes in state law.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1176-20 - will provide authority for the recovery of attorneys' fees and imposition of treble damages for certain types of public nuisance abatement actions.

  • ORDINANCE No. 1177-20 will amend the regulations in the City's Zoning Code for accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units consistent with current state law.


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