The City Clerk's office is responsible for codification of ordinances adopted by the City Council that affect the laws in the Municipal Code. The Municipal Code is the body of laws of the City of Olympia, that are of a general and permanent nature.
Ordinances are laws, rules and regulations which govern how City government works, and how citizens live and do business in the City of Olympia.
Codification is the systematic process of collecting and arranging the laws, rules and regulations of the City that are passed by Ordinance.
The Codification Process
- Ordinance is passed by the City Council affecting a change in the Municipal Code.
- Ordinance has met required waiting period before it goes into effect. Ordinances do not typically go into effect before thirty days from the time of final passage, and are subject to referendum during the interim (see RCW 35A.11.090 for effective dates of ordinances and exceptions).
- The codification itself is simply taking the information in the Ordinance, whether it is new, amended or repealed, and making those changes to the Titles, Chapters, and/or Sections affected.
The Municipal Code on-line database is generally codified within one week after the effective date of each ordinance.
Errors or Omissions: Great care has been taken to produce this online version of the City's Municipal Code. If you find an error, please contact the City Clerk's office with the error information either by mail, P.O. Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507, call 360.753.8325, or by email at email@example.com.
For more information on the Municipal Code, please contact the City Clerk's office at 360.753.8325.