Charter Amendment Process

The City Charter is like the constitution for the City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis first adopted its own home-rule charter in 1920, defining the power citizens agree to give their city government and how the government is to be structured. The Charter has undergone approximately one hundred amendments since its adoption, including a comprehensive Plain-Language Charter revision that was approved by Minneapolis voters in 2013, and became effective January 1, 2015. The Minneapolis Charter Commission oversees the amendment process.

Methods of amending the charter

The City Charter can be amended by either:

  1. An Ordinance passed by a unanimous vote of all 13 Council Members; or
  2. Through approval of a City Charter question on the ballot by Minneapolis voters.
A City Charter question can be placed on the ballot by: