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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, TTY: 952-563-8740.

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 2015-44

    Publication date: December 31, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapter 6 of the City Code allowing propane barbecue grills for balconies and ground floor patios of townhouses constructed of two or more attached units in which each unit extends from the foundation to the roof and having open space on at least two sides of each unit as defined in the Minnesota State Residential Code.  This will not allow propane barbecue grills on balconies of apartment buildings or townhomes that do not meet the definition.  All charcoal grills continue to be prohibited for multi-family units.  The change also defines the storage requirements and limitations of LP gas cylinders for multi-family housing.  The change further clarifies the installation requirements for natural gas and electric grills.

    Staff contact
    Ulie Seal

    952-563-4811
  • Ordinance 2015-45

    Publication date: December 31, 2015

    An ordinance amending Bloomington City Code, Chapter 10, Environmental Control, Article II-Refuse; Article VII-Recycling; and Chapter 11, Water, Wastewater, Storm Water and Recycling, implementing Organized Collection of Trash in the City.  Amendments include:  updated definitions related to the care of trash, yard waste, solid waste, and refuse for residential and non-residential dwelling units; new regulations related to requirements for Residential Solid Waste Haulers to have contract and licensing with the City;  new provisions related to duties of tenants, lessees, owners and occupants of residential and non-residential dwelling units related to care of trash, yard waste, solid waste, and refuse; enforcement and penalties; updated definitions and regulations related to recycling for residential and non-residential dwelling units; new provisions for solid waste collection fees.

    Staff contact
    Amy Schmidt

    952-563-4889
  • Ordinance 2015-42

    Publication date: December 31, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapter 20 of the City Code granting Northern States Power Company a franchise to construct, operate, repair and maintain an electric distribution system in the City of Bloomington.

    Staff contact
    Lori Economy-Scholler

    952-563-8790
  • Ordinance 2015-40

    Publication date: December 17, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapter 15 of the City Code for the removal of the requirement for Annual Plumbing Registration and removal of the fee associated with the registration due to this being duplicated at the State of Minnesota Licensing Department.  Also, the ordinance increases the threshold amount at which we collect up-front plan review fee from $1,000 to $10,000 in order to better serve applicants and reduce the administrative time and costs associated with collecting twice on a single permit application.

    Staff contact
    Duke Johnson

    952-563-8959
  • Ordinance 2015-36

    Publication date: November 26, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapter 20 of the Bloomington City Code related to the City’s Cable Franchise is intended to provide for and specify the means to attain the best possible cable service for the public by providing requirements for cable with respect to technical standards, customer service obligations, and related matters and grants a non-exclusive cable franchise to Qwest Broadband Services, Inc. d/b/a CenturyLink to operate, construct and maintain a cable system within the city.

    Staff contact
    Janine Hill

    952-563-8819
  • Ordinance 2015-37

    Publication date: November 26, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapter 20 of the City Code, adopting a franchise with CenterPoint Energy for natural gas services in the City of Bloomington.

    Staff contact
    Lori Economy-Scholler

    952-563-8791
  • Ordinance 2015-35

    Publication date: November 26, 2015

    An ordinance amending the City Code to raise the fee for demolition permits from $55 to $75 to keep up with the increasing cost of resources being used for inspections.  The fee will cover the administrative costs, cost of materials and cost of the inspector’s time and vehicle resources.

    Staff contact
    Duke Johnson

    952-563-8959
  • Ordinance 2015-34

    Publication date: November 26, 2015

    An ordinance to increase water and wastewater rates for the City of Bloomington thereby amending Section 11.63 of the City Code.

    Staff contact
    Cindy Rollins

    952-563-4702
  • Ordinance 2015-33

    Publication date: November 26, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapters 1, 2, 12, 14, 19, and 21 of the Bloomington City Code to modify, create or delete  definitions for nuisance service call, manufactured home park, accessibility housing, cargo truck, cottage food operation, handicapped housing, home business, home enterprises, home occupation, parked vehicle, stored vehicle, trailer bed, and transitway(12.01.01, 14.542, 19.03), modify home enterprise, occupation, and business standards (12.115, 19.29, 19.34, 19.40.07, 19.40.08, 19.40.09, 19.63.09, 21.209, 21.302.03, 21.302.04, 21.302.13), modify district regulations for larger lots and prohibited dwellings (19.43, 19.44, 21.301.01, 21.302.26), modify parking and storage of vehicles and trailers in residential zone standards (19.45, 21.301.01), modify multiple-family dwelling design, senior citizen, and handicapped housing performance standards (19.62, 19.63.01, 19.63.02, 21.302.09), modify multiple-family residential (RM-100) district standards (21.203.09), modify multi-family dwelling minimum floor area standards (21.301.01), create manufactured home park standards (21.301.06, 21.302.10, 21.501.04), create residential care facility standards (21.301.06, 21.302.23), create congregate living facility standards (21.301.06, 21.302.24), create school and college standards (21.302.25), create day care facility standards (21.302.27), and correct cross-references in multiple sections of the chapters listed and schedule of civil fines for administrative offenses.

    Staff contact
    Jason Schmidt

    952-563-8922
  • Ordinance 2015-28

    Publication date: November 12, 2015

    An ordinance amending City Code Chapters 1, 11, 12, 15, 16, 19, and 21 to reorganize the City Code in a more logical manner regarding stormwater, consolidate stormwater and water resources elements of the Code into Chapter 16, and update other areas of the City Code pertaining to stormwater and water resources for consistency.

    Staff contact
    Jen Desrude

    952-563-4862
  • Ordinance 2015-32

    Publication date: November 12, 2015

    An ordinance to form an advisory creative placemaking commission to work with City staff.

    Staff contact
    Larry Lee

    952-563-8941
  • Ordinance 2015-29

    Publication date: November 12, 2015

    An ordinance intended to create a new retail category known as Large Item Retail Sales, which is defined as retail sales of large items intended for later home delivery with minimal incidental over-the-counter sales.  The ordinance also creates a reduced parking schedule or requirement for Large Item Retail Sales.

    Staff contact
    Nick M. Johnson

    952-563-8925
  • Clone of Ordinance 2015-31

    Publication date: November 12, 2015

    An ordinance to make health clubs a conditional use in the I-3 zoning district with two restrictions: 

    1. No more than half of the floor area of an industrial site can be dedicated to a health club, and
    2. the site must be adjacent to an arterial or collector street.

    Staff contact
    Nick M. Johnson

    952-563-8925
  • Ordinance 2015-27

    Publication date: October 29, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapter 14 of the City Code to add licensing regulations and fees applicable to medical marijuana (cannabis) distribution facilities and amending Chapters 19 and 21 of the City Code to create standards and definitions for medical marijuana distribution facilities and establishing them as a conditional use in the B-2, B-4, C-2, C-3, C-5, CR-1, CX-2, and LX zoning districts to be reviewed and acted upon acted upon by the City Council.

    Staff contact
    Liz Heyman

    952-563-8924
  • Ordinance 2015-26

    Publication date: October 29, 2015

    An ordinance amending Section 19.03 to define a “Financial Institution-Limited” and to Section 21.209(D) to add “Financial Institution-Limited” as a conditional accessory use in the B-1 Zoning District, thereby amending Chapters 19 and 21 of the City Code.

    Staff contact
    Londell Pease

    952-563-8926
  • Ordinance 2015-25

    Publication date: September 3, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapter 7 of the City Charter to provide the City of Bloomington more flexibility when it comes to bonding for future capital projects.

    Staff contact
    Lori Economy-Scholler

    952-563-8789
  • Ordinance 2015-19

    Publication date: June 30, 2015

    An ordinance adjusting the setback requirements for open burning of vegetation from occupied structures not on the property conducting the burn from 600 feet to 200 feet.  All permits, fire plans, and reviews are still required to be signed off by the Bloomington Fire Marshal’s Fire Warden.  This change is to facilitate the removal of invasive plant species and restore native plants in approved locations.

    Staff contact
    Ulie Seal

    952-563-4811
  • Ordinance 2015-18

    Publication date: June 30, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapters 12, 19 and 21 of the City Code to modify and add definitions to the animal code (12.91); modify standards for chickens, farm poultry, farm animals and bees (12.115, 12.116, 21.302.05); modify and add definitions to the zoning code (19.03); and add beekeeping as accessory use to all zoning districts except RO-24 and RO-50.

    Staff contact
    Jason Schmidt

    952-563-8922
  • Ordinance 2015-17

    Publication date: June 30, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapters 19 and 21 of the City Code to reference the master sign plan in the general provisions and to expand the areas of the City eligible to utilize the master sign plan process for sign standard flexibility from the Class VI sign district to the entire South Loop District by amending Sections 19.108, 19.115 and 21.501.06.

    Staff contact
    Jason Schmidt

    952-563-8922
  • Ordinance 2015-16

    Publication date: May 26, 2015

    An ordinance correcting the Low Supplemental Facility licensee fee in Section 14.03 of the City Code.

    Effective date: May 1, 2015

    Staff contact
    Kim Engberg

    952-563-8729
  • Ordinance 2015-15

    Publication date: May 25, 2015

    An ordinance amending chapters 2, 10, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, and 22 of the city code to modify hearing examiner procedures (2.12, 2.16); modify administrative recreational vehicle permits (2.14); modify weeds and brush standards (10.38, 10.39, 10.40); modify historical preservation (15.15, 15.16, 15.18, 15.19); move driveway permit fee to chapter 21 (15.187, 21.502.01); delete general business (B-3) and reference thereto (19.32); modify landscaping standards (19.52); modify tower standards (19.63.05); modify exterior materials and finish standards (19.63.08); modify shore area permits process (19.87.04); add new sign type definitions (19.104); modify sign regulations (19.105, 19.107, 19.110, 19.111, 19.112, 19.113, 19.114, 19.115.02, 19.121, 19.122, 19.123, 19.124, 19.125.02, 19.126.4); clarify parking standards (21.301.06); modify fence standards (21.301.08); modify height limits (21.301.10); modify accessory structure standards (21.301.19); add garages to single-family residential standards (21.302.07); clarify review of final site and building plans (21.501.01); clarify time extension on applications (21.502.01); delete Penn American District moratorium (21.505); modify platting process and fees (22.04, 22.05, 22.06, 22.08); and correct cross-references in multiple sections of the chapters listed as being amended.

    Staff contact
    Jason Schmidt

    952-563-8922
  • Ordinance 2015-12

    Publication date: April 22, 2015

    An ordinance amending Section 14.03 of the City Code concerning the fees charged for various licenses and permits.

    Effective Date: May 1, 2015

    Staff contact
    Kim Engberg

    952-563-8729
  • Ordinance 2015-07

    Publication date: February 5, 2015

    An ordinance granting a franchise to Comcast of Arkansas/Florida/Louisiana/ Minnesota/Mississippi/Tennessee, Inc. to operate and maintain a cable system in the City of Bloomington, Minnesota, setting forth conditions accompanying the grant of the franchise; and providing for regulation and administration of the cable system.

    Staff contact
    Janine Hill

    952-563-8819
  • Ordinance 2015-06

    Publication date: February 5, 2015

    An ordinance adopting a twelve-month moratorium on medical cannabis/marijuana manufacturing and distribution facilities.  The moratorium period will allow staff to prepare a study assessing the need for amending the City’s official controls for these facilities.

    Staff contact
    Glen Markegard

    952-563-8923
  • Ordinance 2015-05

    Publication date: February 5, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapters 10, 19, 21 and 22 of the City Code to update definitions, modify standards in the R-1, R-1A, RS-1, R-4, RM-12, RM-24 and RM-50 zoning districts, create a new R-3 and RM-100 zoning district, modify accessory building standards, modify multi-family residential standards, create cemetery, crematoria, townhouse single-family Residential and family day shelter standards and modify neighborhood unit development Standards.

    Staff contact
    Jason Schmidt

    952-563-8922
  • Ordinance 2015-03

    Publication date: February 5, 2015

    An ordinance amending Chapters 19 and 21 of the City Code to modify development standards in the LX Lindau Mixed Use, B-4 Neighborhood Commercial Center, and C-5 Freeway Mixed Use Zoning Districts; standards regarding Motor Vehicle Sales, General Definitions, Landscaping Standards, Exterior Materials Standards, Use Tables, Development Intensity Standards, Structure Placement Standards and Definitions regarding Nonconformities.

    Staff contact
    Julie Farnham

    952-563-4739
  • Ordinance 2015-01

    Publication date: January 1, 2015

    The ordinance revises the rate structure for the water utility to more closely reflect the cost of providing water to customers.

    Staff contact
    Cindy Rollins

    952-563-4702
  • Ordinance 2014-19

    Publication date: December 11, 2014

    An ordinance increasing the water and wastewater rates for 2015. This is necessary to cover the rising costs of services and supplies needed on a yearly level.

    Staff contact
    Cindy Rollins

    952-563-4702
  • Ordinance 2014-18

    Publication date: December 11, 2014

    An ordinance making revisions to the regulations and Environmental Health fees for plan review for new or remodeled City-licensed body art, food, lodging, therapeutic massage, public swimming pools and tanning establishments. Amendments also include new fee categories for hazard analysis of critical control points (HACCP) plan review, required annual written audits of HACCP plan’s proper use and public pool seasonal opening re-inspections.

    Staff contact
    Lynn Moore

    952-563-8970
  • Ordinance 2014-17

    Publication date: November 27, 2014

    An ordinance amending Chapters 5, 12 and 14 of the City Code relating to the use of electronic delivery devices for nicotine and tobacco product sales.

    Staff contact
    Eileen O'Connell

    952-563-4964
  • Ordinance 2014-16

    Publication date: November 25, 2014

    An ordinance amending Chapters 19 and 21 of the City Code to revise the Class VI Sign District standards, modify sign code definitions, prohibit off-site advertising signs, modify Standards for electronic changeable copy signs and video display signs and establish a master sign plan process.

    Staff contact
    Jason Schmidt

    952-563-8922
  • Ordinance 2014-14

    Publication date: October 23, 2014

    An ordinance to remove regulations for individual sewage treatment systems (septic or subsurface sewage treatment systems) as part of the transfer of enforcement authority to Hennepin County, with miscellaneous amendments for public nuisances and wells and an update to the administrative fine schedule, thereby amending Chapters 1, 12, 15 and the Schedule of Civil Fines for administrative offenses of the City Code.

    Staff contact
    Lynn Moore

    952-563-8970
  • Ordinance 2014-13

    Publication date: September 22, 2014

    An ordinance amending various cemetery requirements to provide for columbarium, cremation lots, restructure of the cemetery fund and disbursements of income between accounts within the fund, amend interment eligibility requirements, and transfer of lot ownership.

    Staff contact
    Janet Lewis

    952-563-4925