Series 3759
Cedar City (Utah) Ordinances

Dates: 1853-1956.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

According to Utah law, the governing body of each municipality shall exercise its legislative powers through ordinances. The governing body may pass any ordinance to regulate, require, prohibit, govern, control or supervise any activity, business, or condition authorized by law. (Utah Code, 1988, 10-3-701-702). Ordinances relate to public utilities, city departments and officials, city finances, business licenses, building codes, and etc. Ordinances passed since 1956 have been regularly codified and have not been kept in a separate file.


Roughly chronological to 1923; thereafter no order.

Before 1923 ordinances were recorded in record books in which they were roughly arranged in chronological order. After 1923 ordinances were recorded on loose pages. Ordinances passed 1923-1925 were microfilmed at the end of Ordinance Book 2. Ordinances passed 1926-1956 were microfilmed at the end of all four ordinance books in seemingly random order. In some cases ordinances relating to particular subjects have been grouped together because revisions were filed with the previous ordinance.

Research Note

Designated titles on the ordinance record books were obtained from earlier deaccessioned microfilm copies. Currently, books have been microfilmed one after another without consistent identification.

Related Records

Codified ordinances from Cedar City (Utah), Series 23573, contain copies of codified ordinances and revisions. Ordinances passed since 1956 have been regularly codified and have not been kept in a separate file.

City Council minutes from Cedar City (Utah), Series 85021, summarize the discussion of the city council which is responsible for drafting and passing ordinances.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

This series contains no ordinances for the years 1857 and 1858 or for the years 1860 to 1900.

Processing Note

Cedar City ordinances were microfilmed at Southern Utah University under the direction of Utah State Archives in May 2001 and processed in December 2001 by Rosemary Cundiff. Previously microfilmed copies of the ordinance books were deaccessioned in processing.

Finding Aids

Other: The Ordinance Record (1909-1923) contains a table of contents. No finding aids are available for other documents.

Indexing Terms

  • Municipal government—Utah—Cedar City.
  • Water use—Utah—Cedar City.
  • Traffic regulations—Utah—Cedar City.
  • City planning—Utah—Cedar City.
  • Commercial law—Utah—Cedar City.
  • Cedar City (Utah)—Officials and employees.

Container List

1 Ordinance Book, 1 (1853-1856, 1859)
1 Ordinance Book (1900-1907)
1 Ordinance Book (1907-1909)
1 loose ordinances (1923-1925)
1 Ordinance Records (1909-1923)
1 loose ordinances (1926-1956)

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.