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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 2018-7

    Publication date: March 19, 2018

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

    Effective date

    April 1, 2018

    Staff contact
    Doug Junker

  • Ordinance 2018-04

    Publication date: February 22, 2018

    Ordinance amendments in Chapter 14, Article IV, Division T updating regulations for licensed body art establishments to be consistent with state-wide legislative updates and to allow microdermal piercing of adults, also consistent with state statute.

    Staff contact
    Lynn Moore