Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions


Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

Older Orders, ordinances, and Resolutions may be found in the County Commissioners Administrative Journals.

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Commissioners' Office:
Agenda Packets [Board of Commissioners-includes minutes, reports, agreements, orders, ordinances, resolutions, and related documents], 1992-present (86 binders);
Enabling Ordinances [Zoning], 1970-1979 (1 volume);
Index BCC Orders, Ordinances & Resolutions [Board of County Commissioners], 1962-1983 (1 binder);
Orders [Commissioners], 1983-1985 (3 binders);
[Orders, Ordinances, & Resolutions Register-includes references to contracts and other documents], 1958-1986 (3 binders);
Orders Ordinances Resolutions, 1986-present (28 binders);
Polk County Code of Ordinances, 1989-2005 (1 binder);
Resolutions & Ordinances, 1983-1985 (1 binder).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, Assessor/Community Development Office Hallway:
Ord. No. [Planning and Zoning Ordinance], 1961 (.05 cu.ft.); 1966 (.05 cu.ft.);
Original Zone Ord. [Zoning Ordinance-Proposed], ca.1961 (.10 cu.ft.);
Polk County Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances Codes, ca.1967 (1 volume);
Polk County Zoning Ordinance, 1982 (1 volume);
Subdivision and Partition Ordinance, 1974 (1 volume);
Uniform Zone Code for Marion County Oregon Polk County Oregon, 1970-1976 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, Community Development Department Office, Conference Room:
Polk County Code of Ordinances, 1978-2007 (1 binder);
Polk County Measure 37 Zoning Ordinances, 1958-1997 (1 binder);
[Polk County Zoning Ordinance], 1961-1970 (1 binder); 1989 (1 binder);
Zoning Code w/ Sub & Partition and Comp Plan [includes subdivision and partition ordinance and comprehensive plan], 1970-1978 (1 binder).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Resolutions and Ordinances [Register to Resolutions and Ordinances in Commissioners Journals], ca.1950-1993 (1 binder).

Records at the Polk County Web Site:
Board of Commissioners Journal [includes TIFF images and PDFs of minutes, orders, ordinances, resolutions, and some county budgets-searchable], 1984-2011 (Internet);
Measure 37 Zoning Ordinance Search [Chain of Title Research Database], n.d. (Internet);
Polk County Code of Ordinances [includes comprehensive plan, subdivision and partition, and zoning ordinance information], ca. 1978-present (Internet);
Polk County Zoning Ordinance, ca.1978-present (Internet).


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