Laws of the City of St. Louis are a combination of City Charter, Ordinances, and the City Code.
Board Bills and Resolutions
The law making body of the City of St. Louis is the Board of Aldermen. There are twenty-eight aldermen, one from each ward in the City and a President. The Board of Aldermen meet every Friday except during summer recess and on holidays. At these sessions, the Aldermen present the First Readings of a resolution or new board bill and discuss issues raised in these pending bills.
After a bill is adopted by the Board of Aldermen and signed by the mayor it becomes a City Ordinance. St. Louis City Ordinances available in electronic format cover 1991 - present.
City Code and Revised Code
The Revised Code of the City of St. Louis is a compilation of ordinances which are generally enforceable throughout the city. Ordinances which are compiled in the Code are organized according to topic (i.e. Personnel, Administration, Health and Hospitals, etc). Ordinances related to neighborhood redevelopment projects, traffic regulations and street closings do not appear in the Code. Although ordinances are adopted throughout the year, the Code is only updated twice a year. Recent amendments to the code can only be determined by a search of the ordinances adopted during the six months prior to your search.
The Charter of the City of St. Louis was adopted by the vote of the citizens on June 30, 1914. The Charter can only be changed by a vote of the people. Since 1914 various parts of the Charter have been changed. The Charter is the constitution of the City of St. Louis and the plan for the government of the city.