Series 84920
Kanab (Utah) Revised ordinances

Dates: 1893-1916; 1997-

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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

The city council in each of Utah's incorporated cities exercises its legislative powers by passing ordinances. Ordinances regulate all activity within the community (Utah Code, 1988, 10-3-701-707). At the time of incorporation the Kanab town board (as the city council was formerly called) compiled and adopted a set of ordinances as a basis for the city government. These ordinances set the town boundaries; established positions for a number of appointed city officials and defined their responsibilities; established rules of conduct; and set requirements for conducting business. The Kanab city council compiled and updated sets of complete city ordinances periodically thereafter. This series includes some of those sets of revised ordinances.

Earlier revised ordinances focus on the duties of appointed city officials, regulating business within the community, and monitoring the conduct of residents. For example, ordinances prohibit profanity, vandalism, unnecessary noise, drunkenness, hoodlumism, indecent exposure, animal abuse, buying or selling on Sunday, and abusive threats or insults. The most recently revised set of Kanab ordinances is much broader in scope and also includes regulations for elections, courts, taxation, municipal improvements, public utilities and services, new construction, public transportation, safety, and the management of public property, as well as planning and zoning laws. This series also includes a handful of loose ordinances passed 1913-1916. These deal with Sabbath breaking, prohibition, and fly control.


Chronological by date adopted, thereunder by title, chapter, and section.

Related Records

Utah code unannotated from the Legislature, Series 1052, is referenced in ordinances revised in 1996.

Planning Commission minutes from Kanab (Utah), Series 24206, include all the revised and compiled ordinances for Kanab, including zoning laws which were drafted by the planning commission.

Utah code annotated from the Legislature, Series 83238, is referenced in ordinances revised in 1996.

City council minutes from Kanab (Utah), Series 84960, contain compiled ordinances as adopted by the city council as a foundation for municipal government.

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

While the Kanab city council periodically adopted revised ordinances throughout the twentieth century, any revisions adopted 1913-1995 are not included herein. City council minutes mention the adoption of revised ordinances in Aug 1925, Feb 1959, Nov 1978, and Oct 1986.

Processing Note

Kanab Revised Ordinances for 1893-1916 were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in December 1977, and revised ordinances adopted in 1996 were microfilmed in July 2002. The series was processed by Rosemary Cundiff in April 2003.

Indexing Terms

  • Municipal government—Utah—Kanab.
  • City planning—Utah—Kanab.
  • Community life—Utah—Kanab.
  • Kanab (Utah)—Officials and employees.
  • Kanab (Utah)—Politics and government.

Container List

1 revised ordinances, Jan 1893; Dec 1898; Feb 1905; Mar 1912; loose ordinances 1913-1916
2 revised ordinances, Jan 1996

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.