In the context of ordinances, “plain language” refers to the use of clear, straightforward, and easily understandable language in the drafting of legal texts, such as local laws and regulations. The goal of using plain language is to enhance accessibility and general comprehension of the public, ensuring that all residents, business, and other community stakeholders can easily read, comprehend, and interpret the various rules and requirements which are imposed by local governments.
The use of plain language in local laws and regulations aligns with principles of good governance, transparency, and public engagement. It enables residents to better understand their rights, obligations, and regulations that govern their community. Many jurisdictions are increasingly recognizing the importance of plain language as it is a means of fostering a more informed and engaged citizenry.
Special Note: The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman has provided funding for this training program from the 1% surcharge on all building permits in the State of Utah.