Navigating Ordinances and Resolutions in the Public Records Portal


This page provides directions for searching City Council Ordinances and Resolutions on the Norfolk Public Records Portal.


Searching Ordinances

An ordinance is legislation enacted by a municipality; therefore an ordinance adopted by Norfolk City Council becomes law.  The Charter of the city of Norfolk requires that certain actions can only be accomplished by ordinance. Ordinances are codified in the Code of the city of Norfolk.

Anyone can search through ordinances adopted by Norfolk City Council by clicking the word Ordinances under the City Council Records tile. 
Ordinances are organized by the year they were adopted. There are two ways to find an ordinance:
  • Click any folder to view the ordinances adopted in the timeframe indicated. 
  • Use the search bar at the top of the page to filter results by key words. 

Searching Resolutions

A resolution is an action by the City Council that generally does not have the effect of law. A resolution generally expresses the Council's will, intent or policy on a particular matter. Also, the Council generally appoints individuals to serve on authorities, boards and commissions by the adoption of a resolution.
Anyone can search through resolutions adopted by Norfolk City Council by clicking the word Resolutions under the City Council Records tile.
Resolutions are organized by the year they were adopted. There are two ways to to find a resolution:
  • Click any folder to view the resolutions adopted in the timeframe indicated. 
  • Use the search bar at the top of the page to filter results by key words.