Savannah City Code Books

City Ordinances passed by City Council are recorded in the Ordinance Books in the Clerk of Council’s Office. Periodically, the City publishes all the ordinances on the books at a given point of time, as well as the current City Charter, as the City Code. The Municipal Archives retains copies of Savannah’s historical City Code books. The earliest published City Code dates from 1854 and includes City ordinances regulating the activities of enslaved individuals and free persons of color, as well as laws pertaining to the public market, the scavenger department, and more.