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NYC Charter, Laws, Codes and Rules

We created accessible, searchable, mobile-friendly websites for New York City’s charter, codes and rules because New Yorker’s deserve better than what the city offers.

Charter

As part of the 1898 consolidation of New York City, the New York State Legislature enacted a charter for the consolidated city. The Charter was overhauled in 1989, after the New York City Board of Estimate had been declared unconstitutional, to redistribute power from the Board of Estimate to the Mayor and City Council.

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Administrative Code

This document contains the codified local laws of New York City. The Constitution of New York enumerates the powers of local governments, such as the power to elect a legislative body and adopt local laws. A local law has a status equivalent with a law enacted by the Legislature (subject to certain exceptions and restrictions).

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Rules

This document contains the compiled rules and regulations (delegated legislation) of New York City government agencies.[1][2] It contains approximately 6000 rules and regulations in 71 titles, each covering a different City agency.[1][2] The City Record is the official journal of New York City.[3][4]

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Get Involved with these Documents

Charter Revision

The City Charter is being revised by the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Check out their website below.

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City Council Legislation

The Administrative Code is changed by the City Council. You can see what their doing through their proprietary, archaic Legistar platform. Enjoy!

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Review Proposed Rule Changes

Agencies understand how important public participation can be to the rulemaking process and are interested in hearing what the public has to say.

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