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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.

View the City Charter and City Code online

The above link provides access to an unofficial online representation of the City Charter and City Code that can be viewed, searched and bookmarked via computers and mobile devices.

The City Council may have made amendments, additions or deletions to the City Code subsequent to the version available via the above link. For the most current version of the City Code, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 952-563-4925.

New versions of the City Code may be posted as the code is updated. To receive alerts when a new version has been posted, use the "Get email updates" link at the top of this page.

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.


Ordinances awaiting codification

  • Ordinance 2018-26

    Publication date: August 10, 2018

    An ordinance amending Chapter 14 of the City Code establishing a tenant protection notice period and relocation assistance for affordable housing units for the sale of multiple-family rented building.

    Staff contact
    Lynn Moore

  • Ordinance 2018-23

    Publication date: August 3, 2018

    Amending Chapter 13 of the City Code relating to alcoholic beverage control, to establish a uniform set of civil penalties and a hearing process for a licensee that furnishes or sells an alcoholic beverage to a minor in violation of the City Code.

    Staff contact
    Doug Junker

  • Ordinance 2018-24

    Publication date: August 3, 2018

    Amending Chapter 2 relating to approval of contracts by the city manager to increase the city manager’s approval authority and to increase the delegation authority of department heads. 

    Staff contact
    Melissa Manderschied

  • Ordinance 2018-22

    Publication date: August 3, 2018

    An ordinance amending Chapters 1, 9, 12, and 14 by deleting article III of Chapter 9 entitled “Premises Conducive to High Risk Sexual Conduct,” deleting a corresponding reference in Chapter 1, and deleting outdated language from Chapters 12 and 14 related to definitions and communicable diseases.

    Staff contact
    Lynn Moore

  • Ordinance 2018-18

    Publication date: July 20, 2018

    The code amendment requires noise attenuation (noise insulation) for newly constructed properties near the airport (properties within the 60 - dB DNL Noise Contour developed by the Metropolitan Airport Commission). This is only applicable to new construction, including additions, alterations, and reconstruction of existing structures. Furthermore, it is only applicable to noise sensitive land uses including residential, places of assembly, hospitals, educational, and hotel uses. 

    Staff contact
    Michael Palermo

  • Ordinance 2018-15

    Publication date: June 26, 2018

    The ordinance makes pet services facility a conditional use in the C-5 zoning district and adds performance standards for pet services facilities in all zoning districts.

    Staff contact
    Nick Johnson