Types of laws and where to find them
Information about the differences between federal, state, and local laws is available from LawHelp.org.
Revised Code of Washington
These are the all of the permanent laws passed by the state legislature that are now in force. They are arranged by subject matter, and are in effect throughout the state of Washington. It does not include temporary laws such as appropriations acts. The official version of the RCW is published by the Statute Law Committee and the Code Reviser.
Clark County Code
These are local ordinances passed by the Clark County Council, arranged according to subject matter. The code applies to Clark County.
Vancouver Municipal Code
These are local ordinances passed by the Vancouver City Council, arranged according to subject matter. The code applies to the city of Vancouver.
Codes for other Clark County municipalities
Municode and Code Publishing Company are two of the largest publishers of Codes. You can search the list of Washington entities to find Codes for additional Clark County cities and towns.
United States Code
These are the general and permanent laws passed by the federal legislature, arranged by subject matter, and are in effect throughout the country.
Types of regulations and where to find them
Washington Administrative Code
The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) are regulations of executive branch agencies that are issued by authority of statutes. Like legislation and the Constitution, regulations are a source of primary law in Washington State. The WAC is arranged by subject or agency.
United States Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are regulations of federal agencies that are issued by authority of statutes. These are primary law in the United States. The CFR is arranged by subject or agency.