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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 2015-19

    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.

    Effective date: July 2, 2015

    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.

    Effective date: July 2, 2015

    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.

    Effective date: July 2, 2015

    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 28, 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.

    Effective Date: May 1, 2015

    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