The Pennsylvania state constitution gives Pennsylvania municipalities the ability to establish Home Rule Charters that provide the municipality with a greater degree of self governance. Home Rule Charters allow the municipality to exercise any power or perform any function not denied by the Pennsylvania Constitution or the Pennsylvania General Assembly. See Article 9, Section 2 of the Pennsylvania state constitution.
A municipality's Home Rule Charter defines the structure and powers of the municipality's government, similar to how the Pennsylvania state constitution defines the structure and powers of the Pennsylvaina state government.
Philadelphia adopted its Home Rule Charter in 1951. It defines the structure and powers of the City of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter is divided into 12 articles:
The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter is available through several electronic and print resources.
The City of Philadelphia's Web site links to an official version of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.
A print version of Philadephia's Home Rule Charter is available in the Legal Research Center's print collection: