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Over the years, the County of Sullivan has passed through a process of legislative change common to many American communities. While only a few simple laws were necessary when the County was established, subsequent growth of the community, together with the complexity of modern life, has created the need for new and more detailed legislation. The orderly collection of these records is an important step in this process. Legislation must be more than mere chronological enactments reposing in the pages of old records. It must be available, logically arranged for convenient use, and kept up-to-date. It was with thoughts such as these in mind that the County Legislature ordered the following codification of the County's legislation, which was completed in 1999.

The various chapters of the Code contain all currently effective local laws of a general and permanent nature enacted by the County Legislature of the County of Sullivan, including revisions or amendments to existing legislation deemed necessary by the County Legislature in the course of the codification.

The Code is divided into three major divisions. The first division includes the Charter of the County. The second division includes the Administrative Code. The third division includes all legislation of a general and permanent nature as Parts I and II. Part I, Administrative Legislation, contains all County legislation of an administrative nature, such as that dealing with the administration of government, that establishing or regulating municipal departments and that affecting officers and employees of the municipal government and its departments. Part II, General Legislation, contains all other county legislation of a regulatory nature. Items of legislation in this part generally impose penalties for violation of their provisions, whereas those in Part I do not.

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