Animal Crossing New Horizons Island Ordinances Guide

Set of rules to improve island life.

The Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 update brought with it a cool new feature: Ordinances. Ordinances in ACNH are basically a set of rules you can specify for your island that every villager must follow. In essence, ordinances are ACNH’s version of government laws. Ordinances will determine what time shops open, and villagers wake up.

How to unlock Ordinances for your island in ACNH

There are four new ordinances in ACNH. In order to access any of these ordinances, you will need to first upgrade the Resident Services from a tent to a proper building so that Isabelle becomes a full-time resident on your island.

Once Resident Services has been upgraded, you need to start improving your island to reach a 3-star rating. Upon reaching a 3-star rating, K.K. Slider will perform his concert, and ordinances will be unlocked the day after K.K. Slider’s concert in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

After the Ordinances are unlocked, visit Isabelle at the Resident Services building. There, you can select the option to Review Island Features to discuss the island ordinances with her in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It will also cost you 20,000 Bells each time just to activate an ordinance, so you should be mindful of choosing the right ordinance according to your island’s needs.


You can only activate one ordinance at a time in ACNH. However, you can change it to a different one whenever you want by talking to Isabelle and paying the 20,000 Bells fee again.

What do Ordinances do in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Ordinances will mainly affect your island’s economy and how early the hustle and bustle of your island kicks in at the start of the day. They are mainly designed to tailor the island life to your playstyle.

Having access to any one of these ordinances in ACNH will benefit you in different ways, like opening up shops early or closing them down later than usual.

You have the following four Ordinances to choose from in ACNH.

Beautiful Island ordinance

If you go with the Beautiful Island Ordinance option in ACNH, Isabelle will inform you that this ordinance will grant you the following incentives

  • No more cockroaches at your house or other buildings
  • Remove trash from fishing areas and seaweed from the diving area
  • Weeds spawn less often
  • Villagers will water your flowers more often

The main reason for you wanting this particular ordinance will be if you are in dire need of weeding and need your flowers to be watered in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This way, the number of hybrid flowers, e.g., Hybrid Tulips, Hybrid Roses, etc., will increase, and flowers will not wilt/die.

Beautiful Island ordinance in Animal Crossing New Horizons will also affect other elements, such as weed growth decreasing, and cockroaches will no longer spawn on your island. You can also spend more time on fishing activities, and the trash problem on your island will be taken care of by activating this particular ordinance.


If you time travel a lot and have less time to water your plants then the Beautiful Island ordinance is a good option for you as your island will be a lot cleaner with all trash and those cockroaches being removed.  

Early Bird ordinance

Activating the Early Bird Ordinance on your island in ACNH will allow your villager residents to wake up earlier, and this way, these specific villagers will open shops typically an hour earlier than usual. While the shops do open up early due to the Early Bird ordinance in ACNH, their closing time remains the same.

Nook’s Cranny will open at 7 AM after the ordinances but the time for Able Sisters and others will vary based on the personality of the villager that runs the shop. You can check the table below for the timings when applying the Early Bird ordinance on your island

Shops (personality-wise)Timings
Able Sisters8 AM to 9 PM
Normal Villagers5 AM to 12 AM
Peppy Villagers6 AM to 1:30 AM
Snooty Villagers7:30 AM to 2:30 AM
Sisterly Villagers8:30 AM to 10 PM
Lazy Villagers7 AM to 11 PM
Jock Villagers5:30 AM to 12:30 AM
Smug Villagers6 AM to 2 AM
Cranky Villagers8 AM to 3: 30 AM

Night Owl ordinance

The Night Owl Ordinance in Anima Crossing New Horizons is the complete opposite of the Early Bird Ordinance, as instead of waking early, your villager residents will go to bed/ sleep one hour later.

This means that the duration of the shops will be extended for another hour, allowing you to come late before 11 pm and shop for the essential items with relative ease. The opening time for shops will remain the same default one.

The Night Owl ordinance will suit you perfectly if you prefer to play ACNH in the evening as the island will still be alive till late at night. For your ease, I have listed down the timings for the shops if you end up implementing the Night Owl ordinance.

Shops (personality-wise)Timings
Nook’s Cranny8 AM to 11 PM
Able Sisters9 AM to 10 PM
Normal Villagers6 AM to 1 AM
Peppy Villagers7 AM to 2:30 AM
Snooty Villagers8:30 AM to 3:30 AM
Sisterly Villagers9:30 AM to 4 AM
Lazy Villager8 AM to 12 AM
Jock Villagers6:30 AM to 1:30 AM
Smug Villagers7 AM to 3 AM
Cranky Villagers9 AM to 4:30 AM

Bell Boom ordinance

If you want a specific Ordinance that targets increasing the wealth of your island, then you should go with activating the Bell Boom Ordinance in ACNH. As the name suggests, the Bell Boom ordinance is designed to increase the amount of Bells you earn by selling items.


During the Bell Boom ordinance in Animal Crossing New Horizons, the selling price of all items increases by 20 percent, so you make more money. Buying items still costs the same.

You can harvest your flowers (e.g., Blue Roses, etc.) and then make your way to Nook’s Cranny to sell them with an increased profit of 4000 Bells each. Similarly, you can also sell other items, such as the Royal Crown, which will earn you 60,000 more bells along with its original selling price.

Overall, the Bell Boom is the best ordinance in Animal Crossing New Horizons if you are just starting out, as it will significantly help in scaling your businesses even higher, making you richer in the process. In short, if you are interested in selling instead of buying items and want to pay off your debts faster, then the Bell Booms Ordinance is quite a perfect option for you.

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