How do I browse a code?

Opening a code from the main link to the code found on our Customers page opens it in browse mode. In the framed version, the table of contents is the left frame. Click on the plus or minus (+/-) signs to expand or close the various titles or chapters. Codes which have “Print Selections” or “Save Selections” will have an empty box beside the plus/minus signs.

How do I search a code?

Click on the “Search” box in browse mode for a simple search. For more advanced searching, click the “Advanced Search” link. This frame will have a help button to aid in more complex (i.e., Boolean) searching. “Advanced Options” offers many options for searching.

How can I save my searches?

Go to the “Advanced Search” link. Type a search item in the “Search Code” box, then click “Save to My Searches”. Your search item in the search box will be saved for future use.

How do I print sections of the code?

For all our online codes, users can print a single chapter of the code by selecting the “Print Doc” button in the upper right corner of the navigation bar.

Some codes also include a “Print Selections” option so that users can select non-sequential sections to print. Click the + sign in the table of contents frame to expand a title or chapter to list the various chapters or sections. Then click the box beside each part of the code you want to print, skipping the ones you don’t want to print. (Clicking the chapter box will select all sections in the chapter.) Then choose “Print Selections” which opens a print viewer window. Then click either the “Print Page” or “Change Selection” button.

What platforms and browsers can be used to view a code?

Online codes at Code Publishing are optimized for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer 8, and are also compatible with common browsers including Internet Explorer 6 and 7, Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome. Not all special features will work with all of the older browsers.

Can I save parts of the code to word or another format?

Any chapter of the code can be saved as HTML format by right clicking the link to the chapter from the TOC frame. This file can then be saved as a text file or word processing file by first copying the contents (CTRL+A, then CTRL+C), opening a blank document and pasting (CTRL+V) the contents in the document.

For codes with the “Save Selections” feature, parts of the code, or the entire code, can be saved in the following formats by clicking on the box(es) next to the appropriate parts of the code: RTF (rich text format), HTML (hypertext markup language), TXT (text), PDF (portable document format), MOBI (Kindle), and ePub (iPad, Nook). Not all codes have all of these formats available.

How do I email parts of a code?

Codes with our SHARE feature can email chapters or sections of the code. Use the “Share” button next to the code selection to see options for sending, posting, and sharing the code selection.

Can I view a code on a mobile device?

The frameless version of our online codes allows users to view and quickly navigate on iPads and smartphones, including Blackberries, Androids, and iPhones. Our frameless online codes comply with most ADA requirements.

What options are available for an online code?

Go to our EXAMPLE PAGE to view most of our online features.

Don’t see it here? Call us at 800-551-2633. Not all features are included in the online demo.

How do I view an earlier version of a code? Can I compare it with the current version of the code?

Earlier versions of the code can be made accessible online. View our EXAMPLE PAGE and from the drop down menu select the date of the version you want to browse. You can also click the “Compare” link which appears between the “UseList” and “Search” links to view two versions of the code side by side.


Whom do I call for a new copy of a code?

Please call our subscription department at 800-551-2633 or email us…


How do I find all the ordinances affecting a particular section?

At the end of each section of the code there is a legislative citation which lists all the ordinances affecting that code section. Some codes also have links to the PDF version of the original ordinance.

Zoning related questions (e.g., How do I find the lot requirements for my house? Are signs allowed in residential districts? What are the parking requirements?).

You will need to call your local government office for these types of questions. Either the planning, zoning, or community development department or the clerk’s office can help you find the right person to help you. The telephone number for the government office is located in the bottom right hand corner of each page.

Have any other technical questions?

Please email our technical support for help.


How do I order a copy of the code (either electronic or print) from several years ago?

Email our subscription department for archived print versions of whole codes or supplements. For prior versions of the electronic code, email our editorial department.