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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 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 2020-7

    Publication date: March 17, 2020

    "Ordinance 2020-7 – City Council Consent to Mayoral Declaration 2020-1, Declaring a Local Emergency" was approved at the March 16 Emergency City Council meeting.

    Staff contact
    City Attorney's Office

    952-563-8753
  • Ordinance 2020-2

    Publication date: February 29, 2020

    An  ordinance amending Chapter 13 relating to alcoholic beverage control.

    Staff contact
    Peter Zuniga

    952-563-4851
  • Ordinance 2020-3

    Publication date: February 29, 2020

    An  ordinance amending Chapter 14 relating to alcoholic beverage licensing fees.

    Staff contact
    Peter Zuniga

    952-563-4851
  • Ordinance 2020-1

    Publication date: February 29, 2020

    The ordinance aims to streamline the development review process for new restaurants by making them permitted uses rather than conditional uses in many cases.  In conjunction with the transition to permitted use status, new standards are proposed to codify conditions that have traditionally been attached to restaurants through the Conditional Use Permit process.  The proposed ordinance also includes catering businesses as permitted uses in some zoning districts, new parking standards for take-out only restaurants and catering businesses, and adds organic materials to the solid waste and recycling storage facilities standards.

    Staff contact
    Shawn James

    952-563-8918