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Broward’s county and municipal elected officials are governed by the Constitution of the State of Florida, the State Code of Ethics (Chapter 112 of the Florida Statutes), the Broward Code of Ethics for Elected Officials (Section 1-19 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances), and any applicable, more restrictive municipal code of ethics.

In addition to other laws, elected officials are expected to abide by ethics laws relating to:

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Disclosures
  • Gift Acceptance and Reporting
  • Honest Services
  • Lobbying and Lobbyists
  • Nepotism
  • Open Meetings
  • Public Records

Our office does not issue advisory opinions. For questions about how the Broward Code of Ethics for Elected Officials applies to them individually, Broward’s elected officials can request a binding legal opinion from their governmental entity’s attorney, under Section 1-19(c)(8) of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, the Ethics Code for Elected Officials.  Those who wish to know how the State Code of Ethics applies to them should obtain an advisory opinion from the Florida Commission on Ethics at 850-488-7864.

Click on the links below to see laws referencing ethics for Broward’s elected officials:

  • Constitution of the State of Florida (see Article II, Sec. 8)
  • State Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees
  • Florida Public Records Law
  • Florida Open Meetings (Sunshine) Law (see F.S. 286.011 et seq.)
  • Broward Code of Ethics for Elected Officials (see Sec. 1-19 in Part II, Chapter 1, Article II)
  • Broward Code of Conduct (see Secs. 26-67 to 26-80 in Part II, Chapter 26, Article V)
  • Cooper City (see Charter Sec. 6.01)
  • Coconut Creek (see Charter Sec. 901 in Part I, Article IX)
  • Coral Springs (see Charter Sec. 4.03 in Part I, Article IV; Code Secs. 2-20 et seq. and 2-304 in Part II, Article II)
  • Deerfield Beach (see Charter Sec. 8.01 in Part I, Article VIII; Code Secs. 2-501 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article IX)
  • Hallandale Beach (see Charter Sec. 7.01 et seq. in Part I, Article VII; Code Secs. 2-436 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article VI)
  • Hollywood (see Code Secs. 34.01 et seq. in Title III, Chapter 34)
  • Lauderdale Lakes (see Charter Secs. 8.01, 8.02 in Part I, Preamble, Article VIII; Code Secs. 2-91 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article III)
  • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (see Charter Sec. 3.4 in Part I, Article III; Code Secs. 2-25 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article II)
  • Lauderhill (see Charter Sec. 1.04 in Part I, Article I; Code Sec. 2-166 in Part II, Chapter 2, Article IV)
  • Margate (see Charter Sec. 8.01 in Part I, Article VIII)
  • Miramar (see Code Secs. 2-287 et seq. in Subpart A, Chapter 2, Article VIII)
  • North Lauderdale (see Charter Sec. 9-4 in Part I, Article IX; Code Secs 2-35 in Part II, Chapter 2, Article II, Division 1; Code Secs. 2-162 and 2-163 in Part II, Chapter 2, Article IV)
  • Oakland Park (see Sec. 2-15.5 in Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article I)
  • Parkland (see Code Sec. 2.5-5 in Part II, Chapter 2.5, Article I)
  • Pembroke Pines (see Charter Sec. 4.08 in Table of Contents, Charter, Article IV; Code Sec. 30.50 in Table of Contents, Title III, Chapter 30)
  • Pompano Beach (see Charter Art. II. Sec. 15 in Table of Contents, Charter, Article II)
  • Sea Ranch Lakes (see Charter Art. I. Sec. 9 in Part I, Article I)
  • Southwest Ranches (see Charter Sec. 8.02 in Part I, Article VIII; Code Secs. 2-171 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article VIII)
  • Sunrise (see Charter Sec. 7.01 in Part I, Article VII; Code Secs. 10-16 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 10, Article II)
  • Tamarac (see Code Sec. 2-261 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article V and Code Sec. 2-400 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article XI)
  • West Park (see Code Secs.  2-77 et seq. in Part II, Chapter 2, Article III, Division 2)
  • Weston (see Charter Sec. 7.02 in Charter, Article VII; Code Sec. 22.01 in Title II, Chapter 22)
  • Wilton Manors (see Charter Sec. 4 in Part I, Article IIIA)

You may find the OIG’s training supplements on the subjects of Conflicts of Interest for Officials and Employees, Disclosure Requirements for Elected Officials, and Officials and Employees Accepting and Reporting Gifts to be helpful in identifying ethics issues and in locating relevant ethics laws.

Browse the rest of the Ethics section of the OIG website to locate other helpful resources for elected officials.  Be sure not to miss compliance disclosure forms on the Forms page.

Broward County Inspector General - John W. Scott
Broward Office of the Inspector General
One North University Drive, Suite 111
Plantation, Florida 33324