Linking Policy

Links to Third Parties’ Web Sites

Sites linked from the City of Columbia web site are not under the control of the City of Columbia. The City of Columbia does not assume any responsibility or liability for any information, communications or materials available at such linked sites, or at any link contained in a linked site. The City of Columbia does not intend these third party links to be referrals or endorsements of the linked entities by the City. Each individual site has its own set of policies about what information is appropriate for public access. User assumes sole responsibility for use of third party links and pointers.

External links will be limited to the following:

  • Official government web sites including federal, state and local.
  • An organization whose Web site primarily promotes the economic welfare, tourism, volunteerism, and industry of Columbia.
  • An organization whose Web site primarily provides recreational, health, public safety, natural disaster, or weather information that affects the City of Columbia.
  • An organization whose Web site primarily provides public transportation related information.
  • Professional associations to which the City of Columbia pays membership dues for its employees.
  • Public Educational Institutions
  • Local Hospitals
  • Local Public Library
  • Utility Companies that serve Columbia residents
  • Software vendors providing Web browser plug-ins needed to display information on the City’s web site.
  • Web sites providing information which precludes city staff from recreating or duplicating information and provides specific information supplementing that already provided on the City’s Web site.

Links do not constitute endorsement by the City of Columbia, and the City of Columbia does not accept responsibility for content, any misrepresentations or errors contained in the sites linked to.

It is the responsibility of organizations in which the City of Columbia is linked to provide updated link information when necessary. Links that are found to be no longer valid will be removed.

Inward links:

Inward links must not load into an existing frame and City of Columbia information must not look like it is part of the linked Web site.