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City Charter and Code of Ordinances

The City of Bloomington's Code of Ordinances contains local laws which, along with state and federal laws and regulations, shape our city and its services to keep residents safe, maintain property values, and govern private activities within the city's boundaries in a manner that balances the protection of individual rights with the promotion of the public health, safety and welfare.

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Recent changes

The process of reviewing and incorporated changes to the City Code is called "codification." Because this process must be undertaken for each change, recent changes to the code are not incorporated immediately. The process of codification may take several weeks. After Council-approved changes are incorporated into the official code document at the City Clerk's office, the online representation of the Code is updated. Because of this time lag, the City Clerk's Office provides a list of recently approved, but not yet codified, changes below.

The City Clerk's Office and Web staff will make every effort to post such changes below, within three business days of Council action. You may contact the City Clerk's Office with any questions.

New versions of the City Code will be posted as the code is updated. Use the City's E-Subscribe service to receive notifications when updates are made.

Ordinances awaiting codification

  • Ordinance 2019-30

    Publication date: August 13, 2019

    The ordinance amends the opportunity housing ordinance (OHO) adopted by the Bloomington City Council on February 25, 2019, that will become effective on September 1, 2019.  The intentional six month phase-in period allowed staff to test the ordinance provisions and identify where amendments are needed to improve clarity and address nuance issues.  The ordinance amendments address: typos and internal consistency; provide clarification; and refine some policy issues.  None of the proposed amendments impact the main thrust of the ordinance, which is to incentivize creation of new affordable housing units without hindering the market for new housing development. 

    Staff contact
    Cherie Shoquist

  • Ordinance 2019-31

    Publication date: August 13, 2019

    The ordinance amends the composition of the Sustainability Commission to add a second youth member and the to make the City Councilmember, who is currently an ex officio member of the Commission, a full, voting member.

    Staff contact
    Kris Wilson