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 immediately incorporated. 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.

City 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 2020-40

    Publication date: November 25, 2020

    Creation of Codified Fee Schedule – Appendix A for fees in Chapters 1 to 10 adopted by ordinance.

    Staff contact
    Lori Economy-Scholler

    952-563-8791
  • Ordinance 2020-38

    Publication date: November 25, 2020

    This is an annual update to the Solid Waste Rates/Water and Wastewater Rates.

    Staff contact
    Kari Carlson

    952-563-8725
  • Ordinance 2020-39

    Publication date: November 25, 2020

    This is an annual update to the Solid Waste Rates/Water and Wastewater Rates.

    Staff contact
    Kari Carlson

    952-563-8725
  • Ordinance 2020-37

    Publication date: November 25, 2020

    The ordinance is intended to clarify several existing definitions to distinguish between specific uses, clarify the term of occupancy in hotels, and incorporate standard penalty provisions that are provided in several other City Code chapters, but are not currently included in chapters 19 and 21.  These amendments are intended to add clarify, consistency, transparency and aid in enforcement.

    Staff contact
    Julie Farnham

    952-563-4739
  • Ordinance 2020-36

    Publication date: November 20, 2020

    An ordinance modifying sign standards for Class I motor vehicle facilities.

    Staff contact
    Mike Centinario

    952-563-8921
  • Ordinance 2020-29

    Publication date: September 17, 2020

    Amendments to Sections 11.03 and 11.23 of Chapter 11 were approved by the City Council to better align City Code with State Statute regarding a Critical Water Deficiency and update water quality parameters for private drinking water wells consistent with current water quality requirements.

    Staff contact
    Scott Anderson

    952-217-1769
  • Ordinance 2020-28

    Publication date: September 17, 2020

    Amending Chapter 14 of the City Code to include Mechanical Contractor definition and certification.

    Staff contact
    Bernadette Gillespie

    952-563-4709