What Are The Ordinances in Animal Crossing & How to Change Them

Here is all you need to know about Ordinances in ACNH.

November 4, 2021

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ massive 2.0 update is finally here, and although it’s sadly the last piece of content the game is getting, there’s lots to get involved in.

Alongside a raft of activities, including additional islands to visit, Brewster’s Roost Cafe, 16 new villagers (eight of which are brand new) and the Happy Home Paradise DLC, there are a bunch of new quality of life changes.

One of these changes is the introduction of ordinances, something which is sure to help players in the game. But what are they?

Here’s everything you need to know about the ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including what they are, what they do and how to change them.

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What Are The Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Island ordinances allow players to drastically change their villagers’ behaviour on their Animal Crossing island.

There are a total of four different ordinances which players can enact. They are as follows:

  • Beautiful Island ordinance – This ordinance means villagers will help with weeding, flowers and clearing up trash.
  • Early Bird ordinance – This ordinance makes villagers get out and about earlier than they usually would, great for players who jump on the game before they head to work or school or are simply up early. It also means shops open early.
  • Night Owl ordinance – The Night Owl ordinance is the opposite to the Early Bird ordinance and will see villagers out of their houses later at night. It also means shops stay open later.
  • Bell Boom ordinance – This means that items in shops cost more, however, players will get more Bells for selling items.

How to Enact Ordinances

Enacting ordinances is easy.

Players need to head over to the Resident Services and speak to Isabelle. From there, she will offer players the opportunity to enact their ordinances.

These can be changed as regularly as you like, meaning if your ability to play changes, you can have it suit yourself.

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Sam (He/Him) is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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