Bylaws are the rules used by an organization for how it conducts business. Examples of the rules that may be included in the bylaws are:

  • The election of directors

  • The frequency and nature of board meetings

  • The types of committees of the board of directors

  • The types of officers

  • How the organization can be dissolved

  • Various corporation policies

Alterations to the bylaws require a vote of the shareholders or members of the organization. Bylaws are not filed with any government agencies.

Bylaws are different from the articles of incorporation of a business, which only state how the entity is structured. The articles must be filed with the state government in which an entity is incorporated.