Ordinances/Laws

We hope that within this section, you will find the information you need regarding the local Ordinances and/or State Laws that are essential in maintaining a safe and enjoyable community. If you do not find what you're looking for, please contact us through any of the means listed within this site.  

NOTE: To view the associated Ordinance or State Law, just click on the  icon beside the applicable section. 

    Alarm Ordinance
The Town of Matthews enacted this ordinance to reduce the excessive number of 'false' alarm calls received by our police and fire departments. Annually, our departments respond to more than 2,000 alarm calls, more than 70% of those being 'false alarms'. The ordinance requires all alarm systems to be registered with the town, and assesses civil fines for 'excessive' false alarms. Simply complete & print this (no-cost) registration form, then return to our Records Office as directed on the form.

    - Payment Of Fines: Payments should be delivered or mailed to the Town of Matthews Finance Office located in town hall, 232 Matthews Station St.. Please refer to your invoice for further details.   

   Discharge of Firearms
This ordinance prohibits the discharge of firearms, to include bows & arrows, within the town limits unless having obtained a permit from the Town Council. The police department will conduct a background check on the applicant and conduct a safety inspection of the property requested in the permit application. If issued, the permit will describe the requirements & restrictions of use. Citizens are still responsible for complying with all other state laws & N.C. Wildlife guidelines. If interested, simply complete & print this registration form and return it to the Records Office as directed on the form.

  Child Safety (Helmet) Ordinance
Children & youth under the age of 16 are required to wear approved safety helmets anytime riding a wheeled instrument (bike, skateboard, etc.) upon a sidewalk, street or any public property. The police department also holds periodic bike safety programs. If you are interested in hosting of learning about such an event, please contact our Community Resource Officer.

   Child Passenger Safety Law
North Carolina has specific laws regulating how passengers under the age of 16 can ride in a vehicle. More information about these laws can be found on the provided BuckleUpNC web site. Through our partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg SafeKids, we host weekly (free) clinics where certified officers inspect & install child safety seats. 

   Graduated Driver's License Information
North Carolina has a system in place to allow new drivers to be introduced to the driving privilege slowly as they gain experience. For more information about this process and associated laws, check out the NC DOT's site.

   Amplified Sound / Noise Control Ordinance

This ordinance describes the community standards for reasonable sound & noise levels, designates absolute (decibel) limits for certain sounds, and established a permit process through which citizens can obtain permits for special events utilizing amplified sound systems. If you are interested in applying, simply complete & print the registration form and return it to the Records Office as described on the form.

   Charitable Solicitation Control Ordinance
This ordinance describes the controls and restrictions upon those wishing to solicit donations within our community, whether door-to-door or within the public rights-of-way. Permits are required for any charitable solicitations within the public rights-of-way. Issued by the Town Council, these permits are only provided to charitable organizations and only after the police department conducts criminal history checks on all participating individuals. Interested charitable organizations should complete & print the permit application form and return it to the Records Office as described on the application. 

   Peddlers & Itinerant Merchants
Any person or business wishing to sell products or services door-to-door or at any temporary location (i.e. parking lots) must first obtain a permit from the Town. Applicants must submit to a criminal history check and permits issued, which include a photo of the permit holder, must be worn or immediately presented when approaching any citizen. Permits are required of each individual selling or marketing products or services in this fashion. Interested persons should complete & print the permit application form and return it to the Records Office as described on the application.

Other Links You May Find Useful:

   All Town of Matthews Ordinances
   North Carolina General Statutes (State Laws) Search Page
   North Carolina Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV)