Amending an Existing Ordinance, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Oct 16, 2017
An ordinance must be changed by passing another ordinance. This model provides the ordinance structure to amend an existing ordinance, or a merely section or sections of an existing ordinance.
Standard Ordinance Template, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Oct 16, 2017
State law requires ordinances to follow a certain form. If you are drafting an ordinance from scratch, this template provides a structure for your content within the features required by state law such as title, an enacting clause, mayor’s signature and clerk attest spaces, and more.
Gas Franchise Fee, Sample OrdinancePublished Dec 5, 2016
Sample ordinance from the city of Victoria, Minnesota, creates a gas utility service franchise fee. Written to be used together with a separate gas utility service franchising ordinance.
Electric Franchise Fee, Sample OrdinancePublished Dec 5, 2016
Sample ordinance from the city of Victoria, Minnesota, creates an electric utility service franchise fee. Written to be used together with a separate electric utility service franchising ordinance.
Undergrounding of Utility Facilities in the Right of Way, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Sep 12, 2017
Requires any tangible asset in the city’s right-of-way required to provide utility service be placed underground. It provides exceptions to the mandate when circumstances cause undergrounding to be impractical. Intended to be used in conjunction with a separate right-of-way regulatory ordinance.
Establishing A Planning Commission, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Nov 17, 2017
Establishes a city planning commission and fixes its powers and duties for the city’s official map, comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, conditional use permits, appeals and more. Sets membership and terms of office. Provides details on organization, meetings, minutes and expenditures.
Coal Tar Sealant Products, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Nov 4, 2017
Protects public health and environment linked to stormwater runoff from coal tar sealer products on asphalt driveways. To enforce the statewide ban on coal tar based products cities must establish their authority to do so in a city ordinance. Cities with local prohibitions on coal tar products passed under a previous law must now amend their ordinances to conform to state statute.
Securing Vacant Buildings, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Aug 10, 2017
Allows city to secure hazardous vacant or unoccupied buildings that are open to trespass by following procedures, including passage of this ordinance, provided under Minnesota’s hazardous or substandard building laws.
Short Form Right-of-Way Regulation, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Dec 21, 2017
Administers and regulates excavation and obstruction of city roads and streets for smaller cities that may want less extensive right of way management, such as minimal registration and reporting requirements by permit-holders. Still provides for restoration of rights-of-way and city recovery of costs.
Liquor Licensing, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Aug 25, 2017
Licenses and regulates the possession, sale and consumption of intoxicating liquor and 3.2 percent malt liquor. Because it is lengthy, it includes an official summary which may be published in place of the full ordinance under the terms of Minn. Stat. 412.191 subd. 4 and 331A.01, subd. 10.
Right-of-Way Regulation, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Sep 12, 2017
Imposes comprehensive reasonable regulations administering and regulating excavation and obstruction of city roads, streets and other public rights-of-way by telecommunications utilities. Requires issuance of right-of-way permits. Provides that persons excavating and obstructing the rights-of-way will bear financial responsibility for their work, including the city’s recovery of out-of-pocket ad projected costs.
Temporary Family Health Care Dwellings, LMC Model OrdinancePublished May 26, 2016
Minnesota law allows landowners to place mobile residential dwellings on their property to serve as a temporary family health care dwelling. Cities are allowed to opt out of the requirements of the new permit system. You can use this ordinance to exercise your opt out choice.
Shade Tree Pest Control, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Jul 25, 2017
Declares shade tree pests such as Emerald Ash Borer, Dutch Elm and Oak Wilt to be public nuisances and provides for reporting and abatement. Includes inspection, application of control measures and recovery of costs.
Maintenance and Use of Municipal Cemetery, LMC Model OrdinancePublished May 23, 2017
Creates a city cemetery. Governs the sale of lots, handling of funds, burial permits, transfer of lots. Regulates the conduct of people in the cemetery, monuments and markers, mausoleums, columbarium niches and the decoration of lots.
Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Aug 30, 2017
Regulates the conduct of peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants. Provides for licensing, licensing exemptions, and licensing problems such as ineligibility, suspension and revocation, and transferability. Establishes registration for solicitors and any person exempt from licensing requirements. Allows residents to exclude these activities by posting.
Water Usage in a Critical Water Emergency, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Jul 26, 2017
Satisfies statutorily required provisions to adopt and enforce water conservation restrictions if the governor declares a critical water deficiency. Includes provisions for the public water supplier declaration and public notification; mandatory emergency water conservation measures; a variance procedure and violation and enforcement measures.
Authorizing and Regulating Open Burning, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Feb 20, 2018
Regulates open burning under Minnesota law. Lists allowed and prohibited materials. Requires a permit to burn. Establishes a process for permit issuance or denial and sets out permit-holder responsibilities. Addresses special circumstances, including burning bans and air quality alerts.
Open Burning of Leaves, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Feb 20, 2018
Allows open burning of dried leaves in cities from September 15 and December 1 when certain other conditions are met. Contains optional provision for requiring a permit.
Variance Application, LMC Model FormPublished Nov 15, 2017
Suggested form for a property owner to apply for an exception – or variance - from a requirement in the city’s zoning ordinance.
Adopting Findings of Fact, LMC Model ResolutionPublished Nov 15, 2017
The written explanation of a city’s land use decision to either approve or deny a request for an exception – or variance – from the requirements of a city’s zoning ordinance. Cities must document sufficient reasons for their action, and under the 60 day rule, it must be in writing.
Permanent Care Cemetery Fund, LMC Model OrdinancePublished May 23, 2017
Creates a permanent care and improvement fund for a municipal cemetery in a city under 50,000 population that wants to have the county administer the permanent care fund. Provides for fees and donations and payments to the county treasurer. Sets forth uses of the permanent care funds. Requires the city to file an annual expenditure report with the county auditor.
Gas Utility Franchise, LMC-SRA Model OrdinancePublished Dec 5, 2016
Grants a nonexclusive franchise to construct, operate, repair and maintain facilities and equipment for the transportation, distribution, manufacture and sale of gas energy in the city. Contains optional franchise fee provisions. Addresses location of facilities, street openings and restoration according to the Minnesota Public Utility Commission’s right-of-way management rules.
Electric Utility Franchise, LMC-SRA Model OrdinancePublished Dec 5, 2016
Grants a nonexclusive franchise to construct, operate, repair and maintain an electric distribution system and transmission lines for furnishing electric energy in the city. Addresses location of facilities, street openings and restoration according to the Minnesota Public Utility Commission’s right-of-way management rules.
Regulating Lawful Gambling, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Jun 30, 2017
Permits and regulates the conduct of lawful gambling in a city. Sets out the application and local permitting process. Covers records and reporting requirements. Sets hours of operation. Has optional provisions for a local gambling tax, a “10%” fund requiring a net profit contribution to the city, and establishing a designated trade area.
Tobacco Possession Sale and Use, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Nov 17, 2017
Licenses the sale of tobacco and regulates the possession, sale and consumption of tobacco and tobacco-related products and devices, including sampling, e-cigarettes, and vapor lounges and shops. Addresses self-service sales, compliance checks and inspections.
Regulating Recreational Vehicles, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Jan 25, 2017
Provides regulations for the use of special and recreational motor vehicles on public and private property in the city. Governs trail bikes, off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, motorized go-carts, hovercraft and other vehicles. Sets out operational requirements, minimum equipment requirements, sets hours of operation, addresses street crossings and allows designation of areas for public use.
Regulating Special Vehicles, LMC Model OrdinancePublished Jan 25, 2017
Governs the operation of motorized golf carts, utility task vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and mini-trucks on streets, sidewalks, alleys and other public property within the city. Requires a permit. Provides guidance on operating electric personal assistive mobility devices, motorized foot scooters, and certain electric vehicles.