The governing body shall ensure that any ordinance that the governing body passes
contains the following, in substantially the following order and form:
(1) a number;
(2) a title which indicates the nature of the subject matter of the ordinance;
(3) a preamble which states the need or reason for the ordinance;
(4) an ordaining clause which states “Be it ordained by the ____ (name of the governing body and municipality):”;
(5) the body or subject of the ordinance;
(6) when applicable, a statement indicating the penalty for violation of the ordinance
or a reference that the punishment is covered by an ordinance which prescribes the
fines and terms of imprisonment for the violation of a municipal ordinance; or, the
penalty may establish a classification of penalties and refer to such ordinance in
which the penalty for such violation is established;
(7) when a penalty for a violation of the ordinance includes any possibility of imprisonment,
a statement that the municipality is required, under Section 78B-22-301, to provide for indigent defense services, as that term is defined in Section 78B-22-102;
(8) a statement indicating the effective date of the ordinance or the date when the
ordinance shall become effective after publication or posting as required by this
(9) a line for the signature of the mayor or acting mayor to sign the ordinance;
(10) a place for the municipal recorder to attest the ordinance and fix the seal of
the municipality; and
(11) in municipalities where the mayor may disapprove an ordinance passed by the legislative
body, a statement showing:
(a) if the mayor approves the ordinance, that the governing body passes the ordinance
with the mayor's approval;
(b) if the mayor disapproves the ordinance, that the governing body passes the ordinance
over the mayor's disapproval; or
(c) if the mayor neither approves or disapproves the ordinance, that the ordinance
became effective without the approval or disapproval of the mayor.
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