A City Code is the codification of all of the ordinances that the City has adopted.
The City first adopted a City Code on April 6, 1981 with Ordinance No 48.
On May 7, 1990, the City adopted Ordinance No. 90-10, which states:
“This ordinance containing Chapter 1 to 12 inclusive shall be known as the City Code of the City of Ham Lake, Minnesota, 1990, and shall be treated and considered as a new and comprehensive ordinance and shall supersede all other general ordinances passed by the Council prior to the 7th day of May 1990, except such as are by reference expressly saved from repeal or continued in force and effect for any purpose.”
The City of Ham Lake adopts ordinances to regulate people and property and provide penalties if the regulations are violated. The regulations adopted by ordinance are permanent and generally apply throughout the city. The City can only adopt ordinances on topics for which state law gives them express or implied regulatory authority. City ordinances must be consistent with state and federal laws and with the state and federal constitutions.
At the beginning of each year, the City Staff codifies all ordinances adopted by the City Council prior to December 31st of the previous year (inserting them into the City Code).