Ordinances & Resolutions


Ordinances are the laws which govern the City and are codified in the Olympia Municipal Code.

Ordinances enacted by the Olympia City Council at meetings from 1859-2018 are available at the Washington State Digital Archives where they are searchable by ordinance number, keyword and date.

Council Resolutions

Resolutions passed by the City Council are policy statements addressing matters of a special or temporary character.

This following list shows select Council resolutions from 1990 to present. You can view all resolutions from 1859-2018 on the Washington State Digital Archives.

  • M-2160: Sept. 15, 2020
    Recognizing injustice and harm against BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of color), transgender, and non-binary people and adoption of policies and actions to protect transgender and non-binary communities.
  • M-2045: July 23, 2019
    Expressing a Commitment to Protect the Youth of this Community from the Risks of Climate Destruction
  • M-2046: July 23, 2019
    Calling on the Federal Government to Pass a Green New Deal and the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019
  • M-2035: June 18, 2019
    Affirming Olympia’s Commitment to Nondiscrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity and Authorizing the Mayor to Support and Join on the City’s Behalf an Amicus Brief in the United States Supreme Court on Behalf of Title VII’s Ban on Workplace Sex Discrimination and Opposing the Revocation of Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ People
  • M-1976: Oct. 16, 2018
    Adopting Common Targets to Reduce Community-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Contribute to Global Climate Change and Approving an Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Olympia, City of Lacey, City of Tumwater, Thurston Regional Planning Council and Thurston County for Development of a Regional Climate Mitigation Plan
  • M-1963: Aug. 7, 2018
    Declaring that the City of Olympia Supports the Elimination of All Nuclear Weapons, Opposes the Existing First-Strike Authority of the President of the United States, and Believes in the Peaceful Coexistence among All Peoples
  • M-1942: May 16, 2018
    Establishing Immediate Action Items to Address Homelessness in Olympia
  • M-1898: Aug. 22, 2017
    Affirming Olympia's Commitment to a Clean Energy Future, Voicing Its Fervent Entreaty that the Colstrip Coal Plant in Rosebud County, Montana be Retired by 2025, and that Colstrip Power be Replaced with Renewable Generation, Energy Efficient, Storage, and Demand Responsive Grid Management
  • M-1887: July 11, 2017
    Recognizing the Need for Housing and Related Services for the Homeless, or Persons in Danger of Being Homeless, and to Consider Raising Revenue as Provided by State Law for Housing and Related Services
  • M-1857: Dec. 13, 2016
    Declaring the City of Olympia a Sanctuary City
  • M-1850: Oct. 11, 2016
    Concerning the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Opposition to Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline 
  • M-1847: July 26, 2016
    Relating to a Proposed Income Tax Initiative
  • M-1816: Feb, 25, 2015
    Related to Puget Sound Energy's Continued Reliance on Coal-fired Power Production and Proposed Legislation before the Washington State Legislature 
  • M-1815: Feb, 10, 2015
    Supporting a Statewide and National Ban on Nontherapeutic Uses of Antibiotics in Livestock Production and Urging U.S. Congress to Pass the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act and the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act  
  • M-1812: Nov. 25, 2014
    Concerning the Oil-by-Rail Industry, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Oil Exports
  • M-1811: Nov. 3, 2014
    Regarding the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides
  • M-1809: Sep. 23, 2014
    Adopting Standards for the Provision of Public Defense Services
  • M-1807: June 17, 2014
    Supporting of Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index
  • M-1803: Mar. 4, 2014
    Accepting Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Completed by Thurston County Climate Action Team and Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gases
  • M-1802: Feb. 25, 2014
    Supporting the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
  • M-1793: June 18, 2013
    Opposing the Construction of Coal Export Facilities in the Pacific Northwest
  • M-1785: Oct. 2, 2012
    Concerning Corporate Spending to Influence Elections
  • M-1780: July 10, 2012
    Providing for Submission to the Voters of the City at the November 6, 2012 General Election, a Proposition Authorizing a Sales and Use Tax at the Rate of One-Tenth of One Percent to be used for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Purposes
  • M-1774: Mar. 20, 2012
    Supporting Healthy Food, Public Health and Sustainability Practices in the 2012 Farm Bill
  • M-1729: Apr. 14, 2009
    Declaring that the City of Olympia Supports the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Believes that Appropriate Government Purchasing Practices can Further the Cause of Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
  • M-1728: Mar. 4, 2009
    Authorizing Participation in the U.S. Communities Cooperative Purchasing Alliance
  • M-1672: July 10, 2007
    Affirming "Inclusion" as one of Olympia's Core Values, and Joining the National League of Cities' Partnership for Working Towards Inclusive Communities
  • M-1641: June 27, 2006
    Adopting a Vision of Achieving Zero Waste
  • M-1630: Apr. 18, 2006
    Joining the US Conference of Mayors in Expanding HUD's (US Housing and Urban Development) Definition of Homelessness
  • M-1621: Jan 3, 2006
    Adopting Strategies and Guidelines to Reduce and/or Eliminate, over time, the Purchase and Use of Pesticides and Persistent Toxic Chemicals by the City of Olympia
  • M-1586: Feb. 8, 2005
    In Support of Clean Car (Low Emission) Standards for Washington State
  • M-1585: Feb. 1, 2005
    In Support of the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons by the Year 2020
  • M-1550: Mar. 16, 2004
    Adopting a Strategy to Manage and Reduce Energy and Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • M-1545: Mar. 9, 2004
    Establishing Guidelines to Address the Purchase of Clothing and Footwear from Responsible and Ethical Contractors
  • M-1531: Oct. 28, 2003
    Action to Protect Civil Liberties
  • M-1512: May 13, 2003
    Adopting Depository Services for Governmental Entities (US Bank)
  • M-1508: Apr. 15, 2003
    Banning Smoking at Children's Play Areas in City-owned Parks
  • M-1303: Dec. 16, 1990
    Workforce Diversity Program

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