The three forms of action that the City Council may take involve ordinances, resolutions and minute orders.
An ordinance is the most binding form of action taken by the City Council; it is the legislative enactment of City law. In Buena Park, an ordinance requires a four-fifths vote for adoption. If a four-fifths vote is not received, the ordinance must return to the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting for adoption. Ordinances become effective 30 days after adoption.
A resolution establishes Council policy or directs certain types of administrative action. Resolutions of commendations are adopted to honor deserving individuals or organizations. It is usually effective after a majority vote at the meeting.
A minute order is considered the most informal action taken by the Council. It requires majority approval of procedural actions such as filing a report or instructing the administrative staff to take certain actions.