Animal Crossing: New Horizons — All Island Ordinances and what they do

Animal Crossing New Horizons Proud
Animal Crossing New Horizons Proud (Image credit: iMore)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you make your deserted island your own by customizing the entire landscape. Now you can make your island even more unique by implementing the Island Ordinances that were first introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which Nintendo announced in the October 2021 Animal Crossing Direct.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Ordinances

Animal Crossing New Horizons Ordinances (Image credit: iMore)

Island Ordinances can be enforced by the Island Representative — the player who founds and names the island with Tom Nook. Island Ordinances cost 20,000 Bells each and go into effect the next day. To change or drop an ordinance, head over to Isabelle's counter at Resident Services. Talk to her and select "Review island features", then select "Discuss ordinances".

Here is each Island Ordinance and what they do:

Beautiful Island Ordinance

Animal Crossing New Horizons Flower Garden

Animal Crossing New Horizons Flower Garden (Image credit: iMore)

The Beautiful Island Ordinance keeps your island tidy, making trash appear less often in rivers, ponds, and seas. Weeds are less likely to appear on your island, and villagers contribute to watering flowers more. Hybrid flowers are also 20% more likely to spawn when watering two parent flowers next to each other. Cockroaches will not show up in your home, no matter how long you haven't played the game.

Early Bird Ordinance

Animal Crossing New Horizons Morning Aerobics

Animal Crossing New Horizons Morning Aerobics (Image credit: iMore)

With the Early Bird Ordinance, all villagers go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. All stores will also open earlier: the Able Sister's shop opens from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Nook's Cranny opens from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m..

These are the sleep cycles according to villager type:

  • Normal: 12 a.m. - 5 a.m.
  • Peppy: 1 a.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Snooty: 2 a.m. - 8 a.m.
  • Sisterly: 3 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Lazy: 11 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • Jock: 12 a.m. - a.m.
  • Smug: 2 a.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Cranky: 4 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Night Owl Ordinance

Animal Crossing Night Sky

Animal Crossing Night Sky (Image credit: iMore)

The Night Owl Ordinance has all villagers go to sleep later and wake up later. All stores will also close later: the Able Sister's shop opens from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., while Nook's Cranny opens from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m..

Here is each villager type's sleep cycle:

  • Normal: 2 a.m. - 6 a.m.
  • Peppy: 3 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Snooty: 4 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Sisterly: 5:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Lazy: 1:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Jock: 2:30 a.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Smug: 3:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Cranky: 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Bell Boom Ordinance

Animal Crossing Money Bells

Animal Crossing Money Bells (Image credit: iMore)

The Bell Boom Ordinance lets shops pay you 1.2x the selling price for any items you wish to sell. This means that native fruit that normally sell for 100 Bells will sell for 120 Bells under the Bell Boom Ordinance. However, items are also sold for 1.2x the price, so you won't notice a change in your "cost of living" unless you conduct business on another island. Turnips are not affected by the Bell Boom.

Changing the culture

If you're an early riser or the type to burn the midnight oil, the Early Bird and Night Owl Ordinances will help you avoid missing shop times or talking to villagers. If you're a busy bee who wants to take breaks from your island but gets overwhelmed by weeds, the Beautiful Island Ordinance will keep things nice and tidy until you're back. While the Bell Boom Ordinance won't help you in the Turnip Stalk Market, you'll have an easier time if you enjoy shopping on other islands.

Making your island your own is what makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons one of the best Nintendo Switch games. Get out there and tailor your experience to what suits you best!

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.