Series 13139
Beaver (Utah) Codified ordinances

Dates: 1881-

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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

As the governing body of Beaver City, the Mayor and City Council enact their legislative power through the creation of ordinances. An ordinance may "regulate, require, prohibit, govern, control or supervise any activity, business, conduct or condition [as] authorized" by the Utah Code (UCA, 2003, 10-3-701-702).

According to its minutes, the City Council began discussing the codification of ordinances in March 1881. For an outside cost of $220.00 they would be revised, rewritten, arranged and proof-read before being published and distributed. Though the resulting edition did not survive, the rest of the minutes themselves frequently include drafts of new or revised ordinances over the ensuing years. When codified, each ordinance under a chapter (1982) or title and chapter (2000) has a section number, a short title and the body which includes detailed instructions for the particular cause, action and possible result if broken. Over the years, ordinances have regulated the setup of municipal government, business licensing, public health, traffic, utilities and zoning.

In addition, the 1982 ordinances have "chapters" added beyond the end of the volume, including a Master Plan dated the same year. Each addition was assigned a chapter number as ordered and is therefore included in this series.


Chronological by year, thereunder numerical by chapter or title

Related Records

Council minutes from Beaver (Utah), Series 85015, often contain drafts of ordinances or discussions of them in council meeting minutes before being codified.

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

There are no holdings in this series for 1881-1981, 1983-1999.

Processing Note

This series was filmed by the Utah State Archives in 1986 and 2002, and was processed by Gina Strack in June 2003.

Indexing Terms

  • Ordinances, Municipal—Beaver (Utah)

Container List

1 1982
2 2000

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.