City Charter

Home Rule Charter

We, the citizens of Rowlett, Texas, in order to establish a Home Rule municipal government, provide for the progress of our city, secure fully the benefits of local self-government, promote economic and cultural prosperity, provide for the common welfare, insure health and safety, support municipal cooperation and encourage all citizens to participate in the process of self-governing, hereby adopt this Home Rule Charter, as an expression of our city’s purpose and in accordance with the statutes of the State of Texas; and we declare the City of Rowlett, in Dallas and Rockwall Counties, to be a political subdivision of the State of Texas with all powers, rights, privileges, authorities, duties and immunities of local self-government as are provided and limited in this Charter.

View the City of Rowlett Home Rule Charter (PDF).


Rowlett citizens conducted an election and voted to adopt a Home Rule Charter on December 6, 1979.


Rowlett citizens conducted elections on April 2, 1983, May 7, 1988, May 4, 1991, January 18, 1997, May 3, 2003, November 4, 2008, May 11, 2013, May 7, 2016, May 1, 2021, and May 6, 2023. By State Law, the City Charter is eligible to be amended by election no more often than once every two years.