Town of Forest Heights, MD
Prince George's County
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Tools for Municipal Users

Before you get started...

If you work for a municipality with a Code on eCode360, you can request a login to unlock additional tools and functionality in your Code. You can request your eCode360 login here.

Once you've logged in to eCode360, you can use any of the eCode user tools described below. Click here to view a full list of eCode360 tools and features that are available to each type of user.

Multicode Search

This tool gives you the ability to search for a topic across multiple Codes in eCode360 at the same time, allowing you to see how different municipalities handle similar issues and giving you samples of legislation to incorporate into your own Code amendments.

How to Conduct a Multicode Search
Click on the Multicode Search button on the Menu Bar.

  1. Enter the name of a municipality to search that Code, or enter information in the criteria fields to narrow your search by County, Zip Code, State, etc.
  2. Select individual Codes from the list by clicking on the Code name.
  3. Click Done. A Search Screen will appear.

  4. Enter a term or terms in the "Enter Search Term" field to research a particular topic across the municipality or municipalities you have selected.
  5. Click Search. A page will appear that lists the results found that match your searched term or terms.
For more information about how to use the search results, see Conducting a Basic Search.

Add Notes and Custom Links

As a logged-in user, it is easy to add a note to the Code once you've found a particular section that is of interest to you. In addition to the text you type, a note can contain a link to external information, another part of your Code, or even a form on your own municipal website.

There are three kinds of Notes you can create:
  • Private Notes are visible only to you. All your Private Notes can be viewed later in a single list, like bookmarks.
  • Group Notes are visible to you and other Municipal and Administrative users of your eCode. Group Notes allow municipal staff with eCode360 passwords to discuss potential Code changes and provide internal clarity about a particular section of your Code.
  • Public Notes are visible to everyone who accesses the Code (even your citizens), but can only be created by Administrative users with passwords. These notes are great for providing citizens with relevant supplementary information or links within your electronic Code. For more information on creating Public Notes, click here.

Add a Note to a selected Code section:
  1. Click a checkbox to select the chapter, section, or article
  2. Click "Add Note" in the toolbar

Note Editor:
  1. Title: Provide a title for the note.
  2. Delete: Remove a note that was previously added.
  3. Edit: Make changes to a note that was previously added.
  4. Help: Open the section of eCode360 help that covers notes.
  5. Font Options: Change the font, text size, or add text decoration using the options in this section of the toolbar.
  6. Insert a link
  7. Insert an emoji
  8. Upload a picture
  9. Remove the formatting from the currently selected text
  10. Undo / Redo
  11. Add Reference: Insert a reference to another part of the Code
    • User Tip: If you have PubDocs hosted on eCode360, you can also insert a reference to content in PubDocs.
  12. Set the note accent color
  13. Set the display mode for the note. Expanded shows the full note content. Minimized shows the title only (Users can click the note icon to expand the note when needed.
  14. Set the visibility for the note
  15. Click Save to publish the note.

Notes Listing:
  1. To manage your notes, click the "Notes" option in the left navigation area. This will open a list of all the notes you've added, sorted in the order they appear in the current Code.
  2. Notes can be filtered on the notes listing page by color. If all notes are the same color, the filter will not be available.
  3. Logged in users can filter notes by visibility. If all notes are the same visibility, the filter will not be available.
  4. Logged in users can edit or delete notes from the Notes listing page/

Download Selected Content to Microsoft Word

You can download Code content to a Word document to aid in the drafting of amendments to the Code. Downloading to Word is reserved for certain logged-in users. Either log in using an existing Password or request a login here.
To Download to a Word Document:
  1. Select the section(s) or chapter(s) you wish to download.
  2. Click the Download icon in the toolbar.
  3. Click Word
While the content downloaded to Word will match what is currently in the Code, the Word download does not display images or complicated formatting.

View Online Code Archives

A permanent archive of previous Code versions is available to logged-in users. Archived Code versions are available back to 2011, or to the date your Code was first online in eCode360, whichever is later.
To access a previous Code version from the Online Code Archives, do the following:
  1. Login to your Code
  2. Select "Archives" from the left Navigation Pane
  3. Select the previous version of Code to view it
    User Tip:You can use eCode tools on your archived Code, including Search, Email a Link, Print, and Download.

To return to the current Code, click the "(Return to current version)" link in the banner at the top of the archived version.

Manage eAlert Update Notifications

Logged-in users can manage their eAlert subscriptions on their eCode Settings page.

  1. Click "Settings".
  2. Click "Manage Subscriptions".
  3. Select the content you wish to unsubscribe from and click "Unsubscribe".