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 2020-24

    Publication date: June 30, 2020

    The subject interim ordinance establishes a moratorium on the development, construction, or expansion of self-storage facilities in the City.  Given the nature of self-storage as a low-employment, low-activity use, there are concerns that Bloomington is absorbing a disproportionate share of the region’s self-storage demand.  Council has directed staff to complete a planning study assessing the need for revisions to the city’s official controls.  The moratorium could last for up to one year, but could be lifted sooner upon completion of the study and adoption of code amendments.

    Staff contact
    Shawn James

    952-563-8918
  • Ordinance 2020-21

    Publication date: June 8, 2020

    The ordinance makes changes to alcoholic beverage control regulations including temporary license fees, technical updates, and allowing malt liquor to be consumed in designated areas in City parks.

    Staff contact
    Doug Junker

    952-563-4923
  • Ordinance 2020-22

    Publication date: June 8, 2020

    The ordinance amends city park regulations.

    Staff contact
    Megan Rogers

    952-563-4889
  • Ordinance 2020-19

    Publication date: June 8, 2020

    The zoning text amendment ordinance incorporates the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District’s (LMRWD) steep slope standard, as required by M.S. §103B.235, into the City Code.  The City’s existing Bluff Protection Districts are reconfigured by adding areas that have steep slopes.  As defined by the LMRWD, steep slopes are those areas having average slopes of 18 percent or greater measured over a horizontal distance of 25 feet or more.  The value of the river bluffs as natural open space and the need to preserve them has long been recognized by the City.  Among other issues, increased development and larger precipitation events have created greater need to apply best practices in order to prevent soil erosion, enhance water quality, and improve natural habitat.  The Lower Minnesota River Watershed District and City standards are intended to minimize the risk of landslides, property damage, and degraded waters. 

    Staff contact
    Shawn James

    952-563-8918
  • Ordinance 2020-18

    Publication date: May 26, 2020

    Emergency ordinance regulating the creation and extension of commercial space (i.e., outdoor patios) as related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

    952-563-8700
  • Ordinance 2020-14

    Publication date: May 7, 2020

    The ordinance revises standards for the storage of recreational vehicles.

    Staff contact
    Glen Markegard

    952-563-8923
  • Ordinance 2020-13

    Publication date: May 7, 2020

    City Code amendment to identify breweries, taprooms, brewpubs, micro-distilleries, cocktail rooms, and wineries as conditional uses in multiple commercial zoning districts and to modify related use standards.

    Staff contact
    Shawn James

    952-563-8918
  • Ordinance 2020-12

    Publication date: May 7, 2020

    A privately initiated City Code amendment to allow an additional wall sign in lieu of a free standing sign for office buildings with 7 or more stories.

    Staff contact
    Michael Palermo

    952-563-8924