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 2021-1

    Publication date: March 11, 2021

    The amendments to the Opportunity Housing Ordinance add new development incentives, modify existing incentives, and clarify the ordinance in order to promote the creation of new affordable units.

    Staff contact
    Michael Palermo

  • Ordinance 2020-42 through 53

    Publication date: December 22, 2020

    On an annual basis, staff prepares ordinances to collectively consider multiple minor City Code amendments that relate to land use, zoning, and development.  Items included typically do not, on their own, merit the overhead that accompanies drafting, reviewing, publishing, and hearing an individual ordinance. These minor amendments are primarily intended to clarify existing provisions in more detail, assist in public understanding, and aid in enforcement.

    Staff contact
    Michael Palermo