Statutory Law-Local Codes

The impact of local codes is most often seen in regard to housing, traffic, and zoning issues. For instance, if you want to build a home of a particular type on a specific piece of property, the construction may have to meet certain zoning requirements in terms of height, size, and proximity to the boundary line. In areas where zoning regulations apply, you probably would not be able to build a ten-story home in a residential community with a building height limit of twenty-five feet. Likewise, traffic laws frequently are set forth in local codes, although those local traffic regulations have to be consistent with any state laws passed on those same issues. Again, the issue of preemption applies. For instance, an absurd situation would exist if every locality were allowed to decide whether a green light meant go or stop.

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