Rules can be cringe-worthy and daunting, but they're also essential for common interest community living.

Rules form the second leg of the governing documents triumvirate and generally function in the space between the declaration and bylaws and policies, procedures and resolutions. While some rules are supplemental restrictions authorized by the Board , many rules may simply codify a specific restriction enumerated in the declaration. A comprehensive rules document like the example below also facilitates access to related policies, procedures and resolutions. These links between governing documents can also be accomplished in other ways such as through the use of a handbook.

Rules are essential to codify a set of standards that goes beyond requirements from state statutes, your declaration and bylaws. Before establishing new rules or updating existing rules, always ensure that you have the appropriate authority to do so and that every rule is objective, specific and provides a tangible benefit to your community that can stand the test of time. Emphasize reason, empathy, honesty, integrity and transparency in your rule-making. Read Always Ask "WHY?": Are Empathy and Reason YOUR Stars and Stripes?

Statutory & Governing Documents Hierarchy

Statutory & Governing Documents Hierarchy

EXAMPLE Rules and Regulations.docx