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About the Minneapolis Legislative Information Management System (LIMS)

Our system contains information on everything considered by City Council. You'll find a detailed history of every item, on every Council agenda. We also publish meeting information for the City's boards and commissions. Our goal is to preserve a record of the decisions made in city government, and to make that information easy to find and understand. We are also continually working to add older meeting information to our system.

Search Tips

Start with the basics

No matter what you're looking for, start with a simple search. You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary.

Choose words carefully

When you're deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear in what you're looking for. For example, instead of saying cost of sidewalk replacement, search sidewalk assessments.
We know city government can use a lot of jargon, see our glossary of terms.

Find exact phrases with quotes

Put quotes around text to find exact matches. This is helpful when your search contains common words. For example, “sick and safe time.”

Use OR for broader searches

You can combine search terms with or to see more results that contain either or both of them. For example, bicycles OR pedestrians.

Use NOT to exclude things you don’t want

If you’re interested in bicycles and not interested in pedestrians you can try bicycles NOT pedestrians. Remember some documents about bicycles may mention pedestrians, so you may exclude things you might have liked to see.

Filter your search

Start with a broad search and narrow down your results using the filters.


Every agenda item has a status as it goes through Council—From New to Approved.

File type
File type includes the 3 types of official acts:
  • Ordinance
  • Resolution
  • Action
Other file types include:
  • Receive & File – These are reports or presentations
  • Clerk File – These contain public records, like public comments or official filings

For each file type there are subcategories which the item falls into. Think of it like an index or list of subjects. These can really help narrow your search.


This is the department that originated the item.


Find ordinances and resolutions by author. Actions do not have authors. Currently, we only have one primary author, but before 2014 there were often multiple authors.


Find agenda items, like development projects or business permits, in your Council ward.


Find agenda items related to a neighborhood. It’s a good way to find items that affect you and your neighbors.


This is how we group items that are related. It’s useful for finding items related to a large program, like the American Rescue Plan.


After 2014, files have full legislative histories. Before 2014, you’ll find official acts and proceedings.


A term is the period a council serves. It is generally 4 years. This is a helpful filter if you’re looking for something related to a former Council Member.

Search meeting agendas

Search by keyword, then press the Meeting Agendas tab to view results in meeting agendas. This is the best way to search through boards and commissions information.

  • Select Independent Bodies or Boards & Commissions
  • Then pick a specific meeting body to find results in that body

Expert Search Tips

Search by number

Every agenda item considered by Council has a unique file number. The official acts are also numbered. All of these numbers can be searched for directly.

Save your results

You can save the results of any search to a CSV. It’s a file you can open in Excel.


Our meeting calendar can be filtered by these tabs:

We publish agendas two business days before the meeting. When we published an agenda, you’ll find a link to it from the calendar.
Shortly after a meeting, we mark the agenda with the actions taken. You’ll also find this linked from the calendar.
Our calendar also contains information about online meetings and how to view them. Click on an event to learn more or see the bottom of the agenda for more details.

Legislative Files

Every agenda item considered by City Council has a file. Charter Commission and the Audit Committee also have files.

The file page contains the history of each agenda item.

  • The meetings where it was on the agenda
  • The actions taken, the votes cast, and meeting minutes
It contains the background information on the agenda items, including:
  • Department
  • Request for Committee Action (RCA), which is a memo that explains the item
  • Fiscal Note, which explains the impact to the budget
  • Racial Equity Impact Analysis, which is a tool to consider the racial equity impact of an item
  • Supporting documents, like staff reports, presentations, or maps
  • Related files, which are helpful links to prior or related agenda items

Meeting video

The City broadcasts meetings for:
  • City Council and its committees
  • Board of Estimate & Taxation
  • Charter Commission
  • Heritage Preservation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment
When a broadcast meeting is about to start, you’ll find a link to the meeting video on the LIMS home page and the agenda.
We link meeting video to the agenda after the meeting. Find meeting videos for:


The City of Minneapolis wants everyone to be able to access our web content. We keep the needs of people with disabilities and people who use assistive technology top of mind.

LIMS has been tested using automated methods, and by disabled users, to assure compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

We recognize that Portable Document Files (PDF) can be problematic. Every effort is being made to ensure that content published in PDF format meets accessibility standards.

To view the PDF documents found throughout the site, we recommend the latest version of Adobe Reader.

If you need information in another format, please email 311 or call 311 or 612-673-3000.


This website provides access to electronic copies of documents and records for your convenience. These electronic copies do not constitute the official version of any such record or document.

Information on this website comes from a variety of sources, both internal and external to the City of Minneapolis. It is subject to change without notice. While the City makes reasonable efforts to ensure information is correct, users are responsible for verifying accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of all information. The City of Minneapolis makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of information provided on this website.

The City of Minneapolis disclaims any and all liability for claims or damages which may result from providing the website, any of its pages, or any information it contains, including websites maintained by third parties and linked to or from the LIMS website. The City of Minneapolis makes no effort to independently verify third party sites and does not exert editorial control over information or services provided on pages outside the City’s web domain (

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Contact Us

LIMS provides the public with convenient access to Minneapolis legislative and policy-related information. The system is managed by:

City Clerk's Office
350 S 5th Street, Room 304
Minneapolis, MN 55415

(612) 673-2216
[email protected]

We welcome your  feedback or comments on this website.