Codification Services

Let the League’s Codification Services organize your city’s codes and ordinances into one easy place! Provided in cooperation with American Legal Publishing Corporation (ALP)—one of the nation's largest producers of city codes—we have hundreds of sample ordinances on a large variety of topics that will help your residents and business owners understand what regulations apply to them.

Steps in the codification process

1. LMC Staff Attorney Amber Eisenschenk coordinates the development of a code based on your city’s population and needs (see below for specifics on the options available).

2. ALP performs the editorial and publishing aspects of the codification process. They provide a quick turnaround, numerous format options, code maintenance services, computerized search programs, and can host your city’s code on the ALP website for immediate access through your city website or online.

3. An ALP attorney, under Amber's supervision, performs a comprehensive legal review on each customized code, updated code, and supplemented basic code, including a written legal analysis based on state and federal laws, rules, and court decisions.

Customized codes

More than 150 Minnesota cities have adopted an LMC customized code. The League’s unique method of codifying your city’s ordinances focuses on comprehensive editorial and legal assistance.

Once customized, city codes can easily be kept current. Ordinances enacted after a code is adopted can be incorporated into the code on an annual or more frequent basis. Periodic legal and editorial reviews ensure provisions are always lawful and enforceable.

The cost for these customized city codes varies and an estimate can be provided—contact Ray Bollhauer at American Legal Publishing (see contact info in the sidebar at right) for a proposal.

The Minnesota Basic Code (MBC)

More than 100 Minnesota cities have adopted the League's Minnesota Basic Code. A complete model code of ordinances in compliance with state law, this option contains more than 300 pages of provisions on subjects typically encountered by small cities.

While designed specifically for cities with populations of 2,000 or less, this code may also be useful to larger cities that would like to have a comprehensive set of model ordinances. The MBC can be tailored to meet local needs, but extensive revisions are not recommended since much of the language has been tested in the courts, and/or is required by statutes or rules.

The current cost for this code is $880. To learn more, watch the League's five-minute MBC video (see the link at right).

The Livable City Code (LCC)

NEW! Just developed, this option is best suited for the smallest of Minnesota cities—with populations below 500. The Livable City Code is based on the Minnesota Basic Code and includes only the provisions that every small city needs and is intended to be adopted without change (versus the MBC, which can be modified).

The LCC sets a framework for city administration and common regulations every city needs—such as nuisances, liquor regulation, and city utilities.

The cost for this code is $495.

Updating existing codes

We can also update existing codes, no matter who prepared them. Any ordinances enacted since the code was adopted will be included in the update. We make sure the existing code and any ordinances enacted after the existing code was adopted are brought up to date through our comprehensive editorial and legal review.

The cost for updating existing codes varies and an estimate can be provided—contact Ray Bollhauer at American Legal Publishing (see contact info in the sidebar at right) for a proposal.

What you get

No matter which code your city chooses, the information can be delivered in easy-to-use formats:

• Printed binder (free)
• CD-ROM (free)
• Hosted online ($200 per year)