Buena Park was incorporated as a General Law City on January 27, 1953. In November 2008, the voters adopted a City Charter. The City Charter is a written document approved by the electorate which acts as a “constitution” for the city. Amendments, revisions and repeals of a charter are subject to the vote of the people.
Buena Park operates as a council-manager type of government. Under this type of government, the City Council is the policy-making body and the City Manager is responsible for carrying out Council policy.