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Sample By-Laws

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By-laws of the NAC

Developing By-Laws

Neighborhood associations should begin drafting by-laws early in their organizing efforts. By-laws identify the basic structure of the association and describe how the association will conduct its business. By-laws also help associations resolve common operational problems such as the resignation of an officer, the continued absence of an officer or the need to call a special meeting. Neighborhood associations should include the following items in their bylaws.
  • Name of Organization and Purpose – Provide the official name of the association and outline its purpose. Use the name for all official business.

  • Boundaries – Describe the boundaries of the association.

  • Membership – Who is eligible for membership? Membership is often open to anyone who resides, works, or owns property in the defined boundaries.

  • Dues –Dues may be chosen as an option for covering related association expenses. If the association has dues, the bylaws should define the amount, the due date, and any late fees or associated penalties.

  • Officer Job Descriptions – List each officer in the association along with the specific descriptions of their duties and responsibilities. Typical officers will include President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

  • Elections – Identify who is eligible to vote at elections, how elections will be administered and how officers will be replaced between elections. Elections should be administered by a nominating or a selection committee, or with a closed ballot. Some associations require that notices about elections be mailed prior to the election.

  • Meetings – Describe when meetings will be held, the rules for running meetings and the definition of a quorum. A quorum is the number of member or officers in attendance necessary to make an official vote.

  • Amendments – Include a section that describes the process for changing the By-Laws. Amendments to the By-Laws often require a super majority of 60% or 2/3 vote by the members.