Property law requires that planned communities record their subdivision restrictions in county records; the county clerk's office typically holds these. Bylaws are established and maintained by each community's homeowners' association, according to Nolo.
Bylaws are a set of rules in place for a planned community set up by its homeowners' association, or HOA, reports Nolo. If these rules are violated, the HOA is able to impose fines or take legal action. Before purchasing a property, it is beneficial to research the local restrictions to find out if buyers automatically join the neighborhood HOA when purchasing the property. If buying the property does require joining an HOA, it's important that a buyer be comfortable with all of its bylaws.