City Charter

City Charter

What is a Home Rule Charter?
A charter is a document that establishes the city's governmental structure and provides for the distribution of powers and duties among the various branches of government. In order to be implemented, the charter must be approved by the people at an election. Likewise, changes in the charter must be approved by a vote of the people.

What does Home Rule Entail?
The legal position of home rule cities is the reverse of general law cities. Rather than looking to state law to determine what they may do, as general law cities must, home rule cities look to the state constitution and state statutes to determine what they may not do. Thus, if a proposed home rule city action has not been prohibited or pre-empted by the state, the city generally can proceed.

The City of Sealy adopted a Home Rule Charter on May 8, 1996.  The charter has been amended several times by voter approval.  You can download a copy below.

Home Rule Charter 2022