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 2021-19

    Publication date: June 16, 2021

    An ordinance amending Chapter 1, Chapter 16, and Appendix A of the City Code, and the Schedule of Civil Fines for Administrative Offences under Chapter 1, Article II of the City Code pertaining to the City’s Storm Water Management, Storm Utility and Wetland Regulations and Codes. The amended ordinance addresses a public interest in providing the ability for private entities to install aeration devices in ponds on publicly owned properties.  Under the previous ordinance this activity was generally prohibited. The updated ordinance provides private entities the ability to install aeration equipment in storm water ponds on publicly owned properties.

    Staff contact
    Bryan Gruidl

    952-563-4557
  • Ordinance 2021-17

    Publication date: June 16, 2021

    Amending sections 6.06 and 6.07 of the City Charter to allow for all licensed attorneys to review and approve contracts and execute contracts, when delegated by the City Attorney.

    Staff contact
    Melissa Manderschied

    952-563-4895
  • Ordinance 2021-16

    Publication date: June 16, 2021

    Amending section 6.03 of the City Charter adding deputy city attorneys to the list of positions not covered by the merit system.

    Staff contact
    Melissa Manderschied

    952-563-4895
  • Ordinance 2021-15

    Publication date: June 16, 2021

    Amending section 4.04 of the City Charter related to candidates for municipal elections, adding language including municipal elections and according to applicable filing schedule for that election.

    Staff contact
    Melissa Manderschied

    952-563-4895
  • Ordinance 2021-14

    Publication date: June 16, 2021

    The adopted ordinance creates and defines a new use designation, Cultural Campus, in the Zoning Code (Chapters 19 and 21 of the City Code) and designates this use designation as a conditional use in the FD-2 zoning district.

    Staff contact
    Nick Johnson

    952-563-8925
  • Ordinance 2021-10

    Publication date: May 26, 2021

    The ordinance establishes additional standards and removes the existing moratorium on self-storage facilities.

    Staff contact
    Shawn James

    952-563-8918