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an ordinance generally takes effect 30 days after final passage and remains in place until and unless it is revised or repealed by a subsequent ordinance.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 (http://qcode.us/codes/lawndale/). 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.
  • ORDINANCE NO. 1137-17 limits new medical and dental establishments in the City to the second or higher floor of buildings in the General and Neighborhood Commercial zones and requires a special use permit and will be considered for adoption on MAY 1, 2015.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1138-17 would prohibit (1) all commercial marijuana uses licensed under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, (2) the outdoor personal cultivation of marijuana, and (3) the smoking of marijuana in and around public parks and City-owned buildings; and enact reasonable regulations for the indoor personal cultivation of marijuana. and will be considered for adoption on May 1, 2017.
Ordinances to be Considered for Adoption.
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Ordinances Adopted.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1134-17 will reauthorize the fee charged by the City to telecommunication companies to support Public, Educational and Government ("PEG") channel facilities, will replace Ordinance No. 1133-17 and was adopted on March 20, 2017.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1135-17 will change the city's general municipal election date from April to November of even-numbered years and was adopted on April 17, 2017.

  • ORDINANCE NO. 1136-17 will establish new regulations and permit requirements for outdoor storage uses and was adopted on April 17, 2017.
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