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Welcome to the OML Inquiry FAQ Blog! Please feel free to discuss and share experiences in the comments section.

The Oklahoma Municipal League Inquiry Service does not render legal advice or act as a legal advisor. Your municipal attorney is your legal advisor. Acting on his/her advice gives your municipality a measure of protection should there be any questions regarding the particulars of your unique situation.

The Oklahoma Municipal League provides library and reference services to its members. OML does not give legal advice or act as a legal advisor. Please discuss all legal matters with and follow the advice of your city or town attorney.

Please Note: This summary is not a substitute for legal advice. You should consult your city or town attorney prior to taking any action based on this document.

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If you have any questions, please contact Kelly at OML via our Inquiry Page or contact your municipal attorney.

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Oklahoma Planning Commissioners Handbook

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 2:50 PM

We were contacted recently concerning a link to download the Oklahoma Planning Commissioners Handbook as referenced in the 2017 Oklahoma Municipal League Handbook for City and Town Officials, page E-12. The information states: “ OKLAHOMA PLANNING COMMISSIONERS HANDBOOK The League’s website offers a free download of this Handbook written by an experienced Oklahoma Planning Director. It has good material to help planning commissioners in all sized communities.” The handbook ca...

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Oklahoma Planning Commissioners Handbook

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 4:25 PM

View the Oklahoma Planning Commissioners Handbook from April 2007

How do ordinances differ from resolutions?

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 5:40 PM


A. What is an ordinance? An ordinance is defined as a formal legislative act of a municipal governing body which has the force and effect of a continuing regulation and a permanent rule of conduct or government for the municipality. 11 O.S. Section 1-102.


B. What is a resolution? A resolution is a special or temporary act of a governing body which is declaratory of the will or opinion of a municipality in a given matter and is in the nature of a min...

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We don't have enough members of the governing body to have our regular meeting. What do we do?

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The statutes do not offer any specific guidance on procedures to cancel regularly scheduled meetings. However, they do offer guidance on the procedure to have a special meeting. Meetings can be cancelled for a variety of reasons. Unless the day, time and/or place are permanent changes, the regular meeting is simply cancelled for reasons (list reasons; no quorum, emergency, holiday...) Cancellation of the meeting(s) should meet the same posting requirements provided in the notification of the ...

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Budgets, Do I really have to have one? Who is responsible for creating the budget? Are there legal deadlines?

Posted on March 7, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Who is responsible for creating the budget? Are there legal deadlines?


Developing a Budget is a never ending process. The process begins the moment you begin your fiscal year and ends, only to begin again.


There are two basic budget options for Oklahoma municipalities. The Municipal Budget Act (11.O.S. §§ 17-201 through 17-216) and the Estimate of Need Law ( 68 O.S. §§ 3001 through 3033 & 62 O.S. § 461). You will need to det...

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Competitive Bidding: Contracting With a Service Provider

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 6:35 AM

A common question received by OML concerns contracting with a service provider such as a trash hauler. Must this be bid if it is greater than the bidding statutes bid requirements?

A: Well, it depends.

Q: Depends on what?

A: Principally on whether it is the municipality or the public trust awarding the contract.

If it is the municipality that is contracting with the trash hauler

Public Competitive Bidding Act (61 O.S. 101 and following) does not apply since it on...

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