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Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Island Ordinances Guide

Here's all about the new Island Ordinances in Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH).

If you have played New Leaf before then you might be excited to know that Town Ordinance is making a comeback in form of Island Ordinances in New Horizons. But if Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) is your first game in the series, oh boy there is a lot for you to be excited too. With the new update version 2.0, players will be able to pass new laws in their islands concerning cleanliness and even adjust the working hours of your island according to when you play the game in real life. So if all this is new to you, then here’s our Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Island Ordinance Guide to get you started.


Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Island Ordinances Guide

To understand and answer everything you need to know, we will look at all your doubts in this guide regarding Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Island Ordinances. So let’s start with a few basic ones and then go into the detailed ones.

ACNH Island Ordinance Guide


Does Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Have Ordinances?

Yes luckily, Ordinances are now available to players from update 2.0. You can now put less effort into earning bells, keeping your island clean, and even controlling the working hours of ships and villagers suited to you.

What Do Ordinances Do in New Horizons?


Island Ordinances are options and rules that determine how your island operates. There are 4 different Ordinances that give you different functions when they are enacted.

What Are Different Island Ordinances in Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH)?

As of now, there are 4 different Island Ordinances you can start in ACNH. Changing and starting a new Ordinance by enchanting it, will cost you 20,000 Bells every time. Also, all Ordinance changes will become active the next day at 5 am.

Even though you can cancel any Ordinance for free, it is better to know how they function to save you some Bells, especially if you are new to the game. Here are all the 4 different Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Island Ordinances:

  1. Bell Boom Ordinance (Wealthy Town)
  2. Beautiful Island Ordinance (Beautiful Town)
  3. Night Owl Ordinance (Night Owl Town)
  4. Early Bird Ordinance (Early Bird Town)

Let us look at each of them in a bit of detail below.

Bell Boom Ordinance

The Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Bell Boom Ordinance increases the amount of Bells you get while selling items. It also proportionally increases the Bells required to buy items from shops too. The Bell difference is 1.2x of the default price. This Ordinance is best for players looking to pay off their pending mortgage (which doesn’t get affected by changes in Ordinance). And are beneficial for players to earn more money by exploring Mystery Islands, selling their flora and fauna for extra money.

Beautiful Island Ordinance

The Beautiful Ordinance in ACNH aids in the upkeep of the island’s appearance. The goal is to make it easier for those who are unable to come and assist preserve their island on a regular basis. The following are some of the most significant advantages of this ordinance:

  • Island will always look and remain clean and neat.
  • Weeds will grow less common on the island.
  • No more garbage will show up while fishing in any water bodies.
  • Cockroaches will not show up more in any houses or around the island.
  • Flower Hybrids have a 20% higher chance of spawning.
  • The island’s ecosystem will be unaffected by time travel.
  • Flowers will not wither anymore, as villagers are now more inclined to water all the flowering plants.

Night Owl Ordinance

Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Night Owl Ordinance is the one you need to pick if you tent to play later in the day after your school, or work. This helps all those players who found it hard to maintain relationships with villagers and get new items as shops close early. Once you activate this Ordinance, the working hours of your island will shift more ahead to accommodate the hours you missed out on playing the game before.

Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Night Owl Ordinance Hours

Here are the Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Night Owl hours, once you activate or enchant the Ordinance:

  • Default – 2 am to 6 am
  • Cranky – 6 am to 10 am
  • Jock – 2:30 am to 7 am
  • Lazy – 1:30 am to 9 am
  • Peppy – 3 am to 9 am
  • Sisterly – 5:30 am to 11 am
  • Smug – 3:30 am to 8:30 am
  • Snooty – 4 am to 9:30 am

Early Bird Ordinance

Activating or enchanting the Early Bird Ordinance for 20,000 Bells will make all the villagers and shops start early. If you one to play early in the morning this is the way to go. You will get more flexible time to play the game in the morning and then reserve the evenings for studies or other activities as you seem fit.

ACNH Early Bird Ordinance Hours

Here are the Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Early Bird Island Ordinance hours:

  • Default – 12 am to 5 am
  • Cranky – 4 am to 8 am
  • Jock – 12 am to 6 am
  • Lazy – 11 PM to 7:30 am
  • Peppy – 1 am to 7 am
  • Sisterly – 3 am to 8:30 am
  • Smug – 2 am to 7 am
  • Snooty – 2 am to 8 am

Which is the Best Ordinance?

The best IsOrdinance in Animal Crossing New Horizons depends on your playstyle. Bell Boom Ordinance is only worth it if you have a pending mortgage and even though the selling cost is increased for items then buy cost is also equally increased. But if you are keen on collecting Premium items then you will be happy to know that their prices are unchanged. Premium item retains the price cap remaining at only 2.0x the actual cost. But as of now investing in Turnips will not give you additional profits than before in Bell Bottom Ordinance. Considering the buy and sell prices of Turnips increase proportionately, you are better off with other Ordinances to befit you more.

So with 3 Ordinances left, you will find Night Owl or Early Bird best suited for you as per your playing hours. Now you have a few more reasons to miss out on that fancy new clothing items or the deal of the deal items, anymore. And finally, if you are keen on keeping the 5-star rating of your island intact with fewer efforts and dedicating your precious time to completing more activities then, Beautiful Island or Town Ordinance s the way to go right now. This ordinance is ideal for those who are unable to play each day or who like a less-maintained island. It’s also a wonderful alternative for horticulturalists and floral aficionados in Animal Crossing: New Horizons who want to create specialized flower hybrids.

Is ACNH Bell Boom Ordinance Worth It?

It depends, we will summarize the ACNH Bell Bottom Ordinance to help you to make a decision. The Bell Boom Ordinance alters the bell economic system for the advantage of all residents of the island. This ordinance increases the amount of the premium item selection at Re-Tail and modifies the quantity of Bells a player can earn by selling and purchasing products.

This is advantageous for players with lots of Bells with them, as well as those with fewer Bells wishing to update their homes because the mortgage rate remains constant. With the version 2.0 update player can now access three further storage extensions after fully upgrading their residence with the 2,400 max capacity storage. This will increase it by 3,200, 4,000, and 5,000 sizes. Bell Bottom also favors players who visit the Mystery Islands on a frequent basis to collect pricey insects and fish for the goal of earning bells, since the advantages rapidly outweigh the disadvantages of higher purchasing costs.

That’s everything you need to know about ACNH Island Ordinance in our Animal Crossing New Horizons Guide. While you are here, make sure to check out our ACNH Guides for more tips & tricks like this.