Fair Housing: Arkansas

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Arkansas Protected Classes

(State of Arkansas Code Annotated § 16-123-203)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Fayetteville Metro Area

(Washington County Code § 3.5-11)

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Creed

City of Fayetteville Protected Classes

(City of Fayetteville Municipal Code § 130.50 et seq.)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Gender Identity1
  • Sexual Orientation1

1On 1/31/19, the AR Supreme Court held that state law “renders the (Uniform Civil Rights Protection) ordinance void and therefore unenforceable.” 2019 Ark 30 at page 5. Therefore, Article V Uniform Civil rights Protection of the Fayetteville Code can no longer be enforced. (City Attorney’s Note)

Fort Smith Metro Area

(Sebastian County Code § 91.01)

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Creed

City of Fort Smith Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Little Rock Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Little Rock Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.