Local Government Fundamentals

This three-morning online program will cover fundamental aspects of local government in North Carolina, including

  • the legal structure of cities and counties,
  • the general ordinance power of cities and counties,
  • open meetings and public records,
  • the budgeting process,
  • public employment law,
  • zoning regulation,
  • local government contracting, and
  • conflicts of interest.


This class is designed for local government employees, and we are not accepting registration from elected officials. We are, of course, thrilled if you want to learn more about the workings of local government and encourage you to explore the School of Government’s offerings for elected officials through the Center for Public Leadership and Governance.

 Participants may be asked to view one or more online learning modules in advance of the live sessions. A detailed agenda with instructions on how to access recorded and live sessions will be sent to participants before the start date.


  • Online
    February 22 - 24, 2022


    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.


Please fill in the questionnaire below to see if you qualify for any scholarships. Note that some deadlines for scholarships may fall outside the registration dates of this course.

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Sarah Cline

Program Associate, Law and Finance Group
Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Professor of Public Law and Government
Charles Edwin Hinsdale Professor of Public Law and Government
Local Government Legal Educator
Teaching Professor; Secretary, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors
Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government
Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government
Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government