This guide was developed by the AEC Governance Best Practices Work Group. It includes an overview of typical bylaws and example policies for association governance.
This resource can help state associations assist their local associations in crafting bylaws and policies.
Associations are strongly encouraged to work with their leadership and legal counsel in determining the best governance structure for them. Please consult Good Sense Governance for governance best practices, as well as topical resources aimed to help associations implement sound governance practices and tackle important governance issues.
An association’s bylaws are a legal document that serves as the rules regulating the corporation. An association’s bylaws should contain what is required by state law and NAR policy. Prior to implementing any bylaw, associations should review the provision with legal counsel.