& bylaws

Your Declaration & Bylaws combine to complete the first leg of your governing documents triumvirate.

Common interest community declarations are recorded by county governments and often incorporate state statutory language verbatim to form the foundation of every association's governing documents. Bylaws partner with your declaration to establish internal governance procedures and may also incorporate direct statutory references and/or verbatim language excerpts. If your declaration & bylaws were a Scrabble board, every single piece that's played must follow the overall structure they create. Articles of incorporation are not discussed here because their critical role allowing the formation of a corporation rarely influences the outcomes thereafter.

EXAMPLES: What's in the Declaration?

EXAMPLES: What's in the Bylaws?

  • Basics for all meetings of the association including members / owners, the Board and committees (quorum, place & time, notice, etc.)

  • Basics for your Board of Directors and committees (who can serve, term limits, elections, removals, vacancies, officer roles, etc.)

  • Ethics clause (highly recommended! View our Ethics and Confidentiality pages)

  • Communications Policy (read Bylaws Words of Wisdom)

Condominium Responsibility Matrix
2019 Condo Law Handbook for Community Associations


Page 31: What Documents Define and Control My Association

The Condominium Concept
Managing the Florida Condominium

Includes pertinent context for common interest communities throughout the USA

Statutory & Governing Documents Hierarchy

Statutory & Governing Documents Hierarchy

Seattle Condominium Declaration Examples