Pennsylvania Corporate Bylaws
Pennsylvania corporate bylaws are the rules that govern your corporation’s operations and create an organizational structure for your company. Bylaws outline policies for appointing directors and officers, holding shareholder and board meetings, and handling conflicts of interest, among other issues.
Corporate bylaws are important internal documents, which is why we offer a free, attorney-drafted template you can use to create bylaws that match your corporation’s needs.
Are bylaws filed with the state of Pennsylvania?
Nope! There’s no need—and no place—to file your corporate bylaws. However, it is important to maintain up-to-date bylaws with your corporate records.
Do bylaws need to be signed?
Signing bylaws is standard practice—and can help ensure there are no disputes about their legitimacy—but signatures are not explicitly required by Pennsylvania statutes.
How do I amend my bylaws in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania’s statutes (see Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 1504) provide general rules for amending bylaws, mostly focusing on what is or is not allowed to be changed. As for actual procedures, however, these are most commonly established in the bylaws themselves.
Bylaws typically state the voting procedures needed for resolutions or amendments. This includes voting rights, quorum (the minimum number of board members or shareholders needed to hold an official meeting), and the procedures for calling a meeting.