Boise City Code
This is the unofficial copy of the Boise City Code and does not legally bind the City in anyway. This Code is published for reference purposes only, it may not reflect recent changes to the code and should not be used for any official purpose. For an official copy of any part of the Boise City Code - Please contact the Office of the City Clerk. The Boise City Code is the sole property of the City of Boise, any unauthorized use or modification of this code is illegal.
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Ordinances are formal legislative acts of the Council and should be used whenever the Council intends to pass a regulatory measure, especially when it provides a penalty for violation. The procedures for adoption of an ordinance are prescribed by Idaho Code, Sections 50-901, 50-901A, and 50-902 and must be strictly followed. The following are examples of when to use an ordinance:
- to regulate people (e.g. disturbing the peace)
- to regulate property (e.g. zoning)
- to grant franchises
- to authorize bond issues
- to adopt the annual appropriation
- to adopt a records retention schedule
- to modify City Code
Resolutions are binding decisions of the Council and are used for more administrative matters. Unlike the adoption of an ordinance, there are no reading and notice requirements.