As Animal Crossing: New Horizons players explore the new features added via the 2.0 update, they may find themselves asking questions like what are Ordinances and how do you enact them?

If you’ve been wishing your island residents would be a bit more helpful, or you’d like businesses to open up earlier, Ordinances are a must. Here’s what you need to know about Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! 

All Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, How to Enact Ordinances 



How to Enact Ordinances

  • Talk to Isabelle
  • Select ‘review island features’
  • Select ‘discuss ordinances’
  • Spend 20,000 Bells to enact an ordinance
  • Return to Isabelle to chance or remove an ordinance

All Ordinances

  • Beautiful Island Ordinance: Villagers help with weeding, watering flowers, and clearing trash from the waters.
  • Early Bird Ordinance: Villagers more active in the morning, businesses open earlier. 
  • Night Owl Ordinance: Villagers stay up later, businesses extend their hours. 
  • Bell Boom Ordinance: The cost of island goods increases, but so does the amount you earn from selling goods. 


Ordinances are a way to change the way certain things are handled on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. For example, Ordinances can be used to have your villagers help out with weeding on your island. 

To enact Ordinances, you’ll first need to pay a visit to Isabelle at the Resident Services Center. When speaking to Isabelle, you’ll then want to select “review island features” and then “discuss Ordinances” to enact one. 

It’ll cost you 20,000 Bells to enact an Ordinance, so be sure you really want to enact one of these Ordinances. There’s no real downside to any of the Ordinances with the exception of Bell Boom as the cost of items bought on the island increases with these Ordinances. 

Of course, the items you sell will then sell for more, so it balances out. In the list above, we’ve listed all Ordinances and what they’re used for in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

If you want to get rid of an Ordinance, you’ll repeat the process for enacting an Ordinance by visiting Isabelle, discussing Ordinances, and choosing to end whatever Ordinance you no longer want. 

So to recap, Ordinances are things that adjust elements on your island from having your villagers help with weeding to having businesses open earlier or close later. To enact Ordinances, you’ll need to visit Isabelle and spend 20,000 Bells.

We hope this guide has helped! 

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