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Ordinances and Resolutions

Ordinances are the "laws" of a Borough. They require compliance and impose penalties for noncompliance.  Ordinances cover areas such as parking and traffic regulations, zoning, taxes, and other regulatory matters.  Because they impose requirements or restrictions on the citizens, ordinances must be advertised before they can be adopted. Only after they have passed, do ordinances receive a number.
 
Resolutions usually indicate a sense of Council. They also are used to set fees and charges, adopt the budget, and support or oppose projects and honor individuals.  Resolutions may be introduced at any time and do not require advertisement. They are pre-numbered.

Borough Council amends or deletes provisions of the code through approval of an ordinance. Pending ordinances are posted here until the on line and hard copy versions are updated. Official copies of any piece of legislation should be obtained from the Borough Secretary's Office.

Electronic Codebook

The ordinances of the Borough of Catasauqua, our "laws," are electronically published by General Code Publishers. Having our code available electronically will help anyone researching our ordinances.
 
The code is updated whenever legislation of great impact or general purpose is adopted, but no less than once a year. To go to the e-code click on this highlighted text.   Legislation enacted after the latest update can be found in the e-code, under the NEW LAWS tab on the main page. MOst current year legislation will remain on this page, for viewer convenience, unless the list becomes to unwieldy at which time those which have been sent to e-code.

If you are researching a section and can't find a particular piece of legislation, printed copies of the code and recent enactments are available at the Borough Office and the Public Library. If using a printed version of the code, make sure it contains the most current update. The latest update is 1/4/2016.  
 
The code contains the same text as the printed edition. It is updated at least once a year, but may not contain the most recent changes. We recommend you check with the Borough Secretary to determine if a chapter you are interested in has been modified or deleted by recent action of the Council.
 
Borough Council amends or deletes provisions of the code through approval of an ordinance. Pending ordinances are posted here until the on line and hard copy versions are updated. Official copies of any piece of legislation should be obtained from the Borough Secretary's Office.
 

Recently Enacted Legislation

 
With the development of our electronic codebook, we are able to update the codified ordinances much more easily and frequently than in the past. The actual codification is updated at least annually, or more frequently if there is a complex or complicated amendment to an ordinance.   In the interim, approved legislation is posted under the NEW LAWS tab  on the main page of the codification.
 
Recently enacted but not yet added to the electronic code, and pending, legislation is also posted here.  To view a particular piece of legislation click on the title, While every attempt to ensure accuracy of the legislation posted here is made, they are not "official" copies of the legislation and should be used only with appropriate caution and care. Official copies, if needed, may be obtained from the Borough office for a fee.
 

Pending Legislation

Also listed here are ordinances and legislative resolutions that Council intends to act upon at their next meeting.  Such legislation is indicated with the prefix "00"  The next numbers and letters designate the meeting month when the legislation is scheduled for action.  For example, 00 06 is pending for action at the June meeting;  00 12SP is scheduled for action at a special meeting in December.