Florida Corporate Bylaws
Florida corporate bylaws are the rules that govern your corporation’s operations. Bylaws are important because they create an organizational structure and outline policies for appointing directors and officers, holding shareholder and board meetings, and handling conflicts of interest, among other issues.
We at Northwest know that strong corporate bylaws are essential, which is why we offer an attorney-drafted template (for free), which you can use as a jumping-off point for creating corporate bylaws for your business.
Are bylaws filed with the state of Florida?
No. Your corporate bylaws are internal documents, which means they should be kept on file with your business records.
Do bylaws need to be signed?
Not exactly. Florida statutes do not explicitly state that bylaws need to be signed. However, including signatures from board members and officers adds to your corporation’s legitimacy.
How do I amend my bylaws in Florida?
Florida’s statutes (see: FL Stat § 607.1020-1023) provide some rules for amending bylaws, but for the most part, corporations establish the procedures for amending bylaws in their articles or in the bylaws themselves.
For example, articles or bylaws could change the terms of a quorum (the minimum number of board members need to hold an official meeting), or prevent board members from adopting, amending or repealing any bylaws at all.