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bylaws-185049305-150x100Some areas of law are governed by federal law, some by state law, and some by cities and towns.  These distinctions can be difficult to pin down at times.  Minimum wages have been established at all levels, right down to the local level in San Francisco, for instance.

More commonly, local ordinances deal with zoning, health and safety issues, traffic, noise, local boards, and various licensing.  Sometimes they regulate number of roommates in a tenancy, or they may regulate body art parlors.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has 351 cities and towns, but not all municipalities have posted their ordinances or bylaws on the web.  We have found at least 256 municipalities that do.  For those that do not post them on the web, you can get them through your local clerk’s office, and sometimes at the public library.

Our page with links to the ordinances is here.

 

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