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City Charter and Code of Ordinances

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City Charter defines powers given to City government and how Minneapolis government is structured. The Code of Ordinances is a compilation of laws adopted by City Council. Both are hosted for the City by Municode.

Minneapolis City Charter

A city charter is the constitution governing the municipal government. The charter defines the powers the citizens agree to give their city government and how the government is to be structured. The charter defines which officials are elected, their term lengths, duties, powers and responsibilities and establishes the lines of authority for the departments. The State Legislature may pass special laws which supersede, contradict, or preempt the city charter.

The City Charter can be amended by petition or City Council, learn more about the Charter Amendment Process. The Minneapolis Charter Commission oversees the amendment process.

Code of Ordinances

The Code of Ordinances is a carefully organized collection of the local laws, regulations, and policies enacted under home rule authority to govern the City of Minneapolis. The Code is arranged by subject matter in separate titles that are further divided into chapters and sections. For example, there are separate titles within the Code to address taxes, fire and police protection, building and construction, traffic, zoning, and land use.

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