ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Articles of Incorporation initially create the corporation under state law and define the association’s basic purposes and powers.
They may specify such things as the number of directors, terms of office, and other specifics about how the board functions. (In some states, condominium and planned community associations are not legally required to incorporate, and these may have
articles of association.)
Bylaws contain provisions concerning actual association operations, such as meetings, procedures for electing the board members and officers, and general duties of the board. Sometimes the bylaws cover the same topics as the declaration.
RULES AND RESOLUTIONS
Boards adopt rules and regulations. They must be consistent with the declaration or proprietary lease, the bylaws, and state law.
Rules are usually recorded at a board meeting in the form of a motion called a policy resolution. Making and enforcing rules are important responsibilities for boards that must be undertaken with care. In addition to policy resolutions, boards will also adopt administrative, special, and general resolutions. These resolutions specify how the association should operate. Board members should familiarize themselves with all association resolutions along with the other governing documents.