Effective Implementation and Enforcement Clauses in Ordinances

Effective Implementation and Enforcement Clauses in Ordinances

A fact sheet to help understand law enforcement

ChangeLab Solutions provides a variety of tools to help communities combat childhood obesity, including model laws (“ordinances”) local decision-makers and attorneys can adapt for their communities.

Ordinances must contain implementation and enforcement provisions to ensure that residents and businesses comply with the law. Without any enforcement provision, a community would have to rely on voluntary compliance. When a city council adopts an ordinance, it decides how to enforce the new law. This fact sheet explains the different ways local governments can enforce laws. We also offer sample implementation and enforcement clauses that can be adopted for use in model ordinances. 

Be sure to check out our other fact sheets: How to Partner with Government to Enforce Laws in Your Community, providing an overview for advocates and other community leaders of how to report local ordinance violations, and How to Enforce a Wellness Policy?, helping parents and community advocates ensure that their district’s policy is enforced.