Ordinances & Home Rule

It's the right of a town or city to enact laws that are municipal in nature and that do not frustrate or run counter to a state law and/or which the state has not prohibited it from passing.

The concept of home rule is very important to local government because without home rule authority, cities and towns would depend for their governing authority on specific acts of the State Legislature.

Maine has been considered a strong "home rule" state since November 1969, when an amendment to the state constitution delegated broad "home rule" ordinance powers to cities and towns. Such ordinances range from ones controlling the barking of dogs, to the regulation of adult businesses, to the regulation of signs, to the control of a town's growth, to the review of real estate development projects, to the banning of herbicide spraying, to the regulation of local timber harvesting.

Below are links to Maine municipal Ordinances & Charters online. Please report broken or changed links to the Resource Center.

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Municipality Ordinances Link

Charter Link

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Acton Ordinances

Alfred Ordinances

Appleton Ordinances

Arrowsic Ordinances

Arundel Ordinances Charter

Auburn Ordinances Charter

Augusta Ordinances Charter
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Bangor Ordinances Charter

Bar Harbor Ordinances Charter

Bath Ordinances Charter

Belfast Ordinances Charter

Belgrade Ordinances

Berwick Ordinances



Bethel Ordinances



Biddeford Ordinances Charter

Blue Hill Ordinances



Boothbay Ordinances

Bowdoinham Ordinances

Bradley Ordinances Charter

Brewer Ordinances Charter

Bridgton Ordinances

Bristol Ordinances

Brooks Ordinances

Brunswick Ordinances Charter

Buckfield Ordinances

Buxton Ordinances
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Calais Ordinances 

Camden Ordinances

Charter

Cape Elizabeth Ordinances Charter

Carmel Ordinances

Casco Ordinances

Castine Ordinances

China Ordinances 

Corinna Ordinances



Cranberry Isles Ordinances

Cumberland Ordinances Charter

Cushing Ordinances
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Damariscotta Ordinances Charter

Dayton Ordinances

Dedham Ordinances

Dexter Ordinances Charter

Dixmont Ordinances



Dover-Foxcroft Ordinances Charter

Dresden

Ordinances

Durham Ordinances
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East Millinocket Ordinances

Edgecomb Ordinances

Eastport Ordinances Charter

Eliot Ordinances

Ellsworth Ordinances Charter
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Fairfield Ordinances Charter

Falmouth Ordinances Charter

Fort Fairfield
Charter

Fort Kent Ordinances

Freedom Ordinances

Freeport Ordinances Charter

Frye Island Ordinances Charter
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Gardiner Ordinances

Glenburn Ordinances Charter

Gorham Ordinances Charter

Gouldsboro Ordinances Charter

Gray Ordinances Charter

Greene Ordinances

Greenville Ordinances
  Greenwood Ordinances  
 
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Hallowell Ordinances Charter

Hampden Ordinances

Hancock Ordinances

Harpswell Ordinances

Harrison Ordinances



Hartford Ordinances



Hermon

Ordinances

Charter

Holden Ordinances

Charter

Houlton Ordinances Charter
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Jay Ordinances
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Kennebunk

Ordinances

Charter

Kennebunkport Ordinances

Kingfield Ordinances

Kittery Ordinances Charter
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Lamoine Ordinances

Lebanon Ordinances

Lewiston Ordinances Charter

Liberty Ordinances

Limington

Ordinances

Lincoln Ordinances Charter

Lincolnville Ordinances

Charter


Lisbon Ordinances Charter

Litchfield Ordinances

Long Island Ordinances

Lovell Ordinances

Lyman Ordinances Charter
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Madison Ordinances



Manchester Ordinances



Mariaville Ordinances



Medway Ordinances

Mexico Ordinances

Millinocket Ordinances

Minot Ordinance - Land Use

Monmouth Ordinances



Monson Ordinances

Mount Desert Ordinances

Mount Vernon Ordinances
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Naples Ordinances



New Gloucester Ordinances

Newcastle Ordinances

Newport Ordinances



Newry Ordinances

North Berwick Ordinances

North Yarmouth Ordinances Charter

Northport Ordinances

Norway Ordinances


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Oakland Ordinances Charter

Ogunquit Ordinances Charter

Old Orchard Beach Ordinances Charter

Old Town

Ordinances

Charter

Orland Ordinances

Orono Ordinances

Orrington Ordinances Charter

Osborn
Charter

Otis Ordinances
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Palermo Ordinances 

Palmyra Ordinances 

Paris Ordinances

Parsonsfield Ordinances 

Perry

Ordinances



Phillips Ordinances



Phippsburg Ordinances

Poland Ordinances | Land Use Ordinance Charter

Portland Ordinances Charter

Presque Isle Ordinances
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Randolph Ordinances



Raymond Ordinances

Readfield Ordinances 

Rockland Ordinances

Charter 

Rockport Ordinances Charter

Rumford Ordinances

Charter

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Saco Ordinances Charter

St. Agatha Ordinances

St. Albans Ordinances



St. George Ordinances Charter

Sanford/Springvale Ordinances Charter

Scarborough Ordinances Charter

Sebago Ordinances

Shapleigh Ordinances

Skowhegan Ordinances

Smithfield Ordinances



South Berwick Ordinances Charter

South Portland Ordinances Charter

South Thomaston Ordinances

Southwest Harbor

Ordinances



Standish Ordinances Charter

Stetson Ordinances

Stockton Springs Ordinances





Sumner

Ordinances



Swan's Island Ordinances
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Thomaston Ordinances

Topsham Ordinances



Trenton Ordinances

Turner Ordinances
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Vassalboro Ordinances

Veazie Ordinances Charter
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Waldoboro

Ordinances



Warren Ordinances

Washington Ordinances



Waterboro Ordinances Charter

Waterville Ordinances Charter

Wells Ordinances



Westbrook Ordinances



West Bath Ordinances



Westport Island Ordinances

Wilton Ordinances



Windham Ordinances

Charter

Winslow Ordinances

Winterport
Charter

Winthrop Ordinances Charter

Wiscasset Ordinances

Woolwich Ordinances
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Yarmouth Ordinances Charter

York Ordinances  Charter
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