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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of documents are included in the PPD?
  • Binding City Policies. Adopted by City Council ordinance or resolution, these policies have a binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria for future decision making.
  • Non-Binding City Policies. Adopted by City Council ordinance or resolution, these policies express the Council's opinion but do not have a binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria for future decision making.
  • Administrative Rules Adopted by City Council. Adopted by City Council Ordinance or Resolution, these rules are binding requirements, regulations, or procedures which affect citizens or all City employees.
  • Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureaus Pursuant to Rule Making Authority. Adopted by the Bureau pursuant to authority expressly delegated by City Council, these are binding requirements, regulations, or procedures which affect citizens or all City employees.
How do I research/view the PPD?
 
As documents are filed for inclusion in the PPD, the City Auditor will publish them to this site.
Documents are indexed a number of ways. Use the links to the left to view policies alphabetically or by category and to search the PPD.
 
What is the timeline for creation of PPD?
  • October 26, 2001 - authorizing Ordinance goes into effect
  • November 1, 2001 - all Bureaus that adopt or amend documents required to be retained in PPD shall submit an electronic copy to Auditor for inclusion in PPD
  • January 1, 2002 - the Auditor shall publish PPD on Internet
  • September 30, 2004 - all documents required to be in PPD must be filed with Auditor to be in effect
How are documents filed in the PPD?
 
The Document "PPD Overview & Filing Procedures" describes how documents are filed in the PPD.
 
How are numbers assigned to PPD documents?
 
The Document "Guide to PPD Indexing System" explains the numbering and categorization process for PPD documents.