Amendments to the Charter

There are two means for amending the City Charter:

  1. By ballot question. An amendment submitted to the electorate must be approved by an affirmative vote of at least 51 percent of those voting on the question for it to be enacted.
  2. By ordinance. An ordinance passed by the unanimous vote of the entire membership of the City Council and the approval of the mayor.

Here are the four specific pathways to amending the city charter, as prescribed by Minnesota Statutes, Section 410.12:

The Charter Amendment Process

  1. The Charter Commission may propose amendments at any time, either as:
    1. A ballot question, pursuant to the requirements set forth under Minn. Stat. § 410.12, subd. 4; or
    2. A referral to the City Council for enactment by ordinance.
  2. A number of registered voters equal to at least 5 percent of the total votes cast at the last state general election may propose an amendment by citizen petition as provided under Minn. Stat. § 410.12, subd. 2.
  3. The City Council may refer a proposed amendment to the electorate, subject to review by the Charter Commission, as provided under Minn. Stat. § 410.12, subd. 5.
  4. The City Council may initiate an amendment by ordinance, with the concurrence of the Charter Commission, as provided under Minn. Stat. § 410.12, subd. 7.

Significant dates for Charter amendments in 2016

The dates reflected in the timeline below guide the submission of a ballot question to the electorate for a proposed charter amendment. These dates are subject to change; check with the Office of City Clerk for more information during business hours (Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 612-673-2216.

All dates are for the 2016 calendar year.

May 8 - July 12

Period to submit a petition to place a City Charter question on the November General Election ballot

June 1

Charter Commission meeting

Aug. 3

Last regularly scheduled Charter Commission meeting to transmit a petition to the City Council

Aug. 11

Last regularly scheduled City Council Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting to recommend ballot language for City Council approval

Aug. 19

Last regularly scheduled City Council meeting to approve ballot language (early publication of action required)

Aug. 26

Last day to provide ballot language to Hennepin County, 74 days prior to the general election (Minn. Stat. § 410.12, subd. 4)

Nov. 8

2016 General Election

Last updated Jun 29, 2016