Article I: Government

Section 1.01 Incorporation: The people of the City of Vancouver, within the corporate limits as now or hereafter established, shall be a municipal corporation of the first class under the name of the "City of Vancouver," and may sue and defend in all matters and proceedings.

Section 1.02 Boundaries: The boundaries of the city shall be the same as at present, and they may be changed in the manner provided by law.

Section 1.03 Form of Government: The government provided by this charter shall be the council/manager form. Subject only to the state constitution, general state statutes enacted under its authority, and the provisions of this charter, all powers of the city shall be vested in an elective council, which shall enact ordinances, adopt budgets, determine policies, and appoint the city manager, who shall execute the laws and administer the government of the city. Councilmembers shall be the only elective officials. All powers of the city shall be exercised in the manner prescribed by this charter, or if not so prescribed, then in the manner provided by ordinance. (As amended by the vote of the people on November 4, 1969)

Section 1.04 Powers of City: The city shall have all the powers granted to cities of the first class by the constitution and general laws of the state and all powers implied thereby and shall exercise all municipal functions and have all municipal rights, privileges, and immunities except as prohibited by law or by this charter. The enumeration of particular powers by this charter shall not be deemed to be exclusive. The city shall provide for police, fire and public safety services and for public works and improvements. (As amended by vote of the people on November 6, 1984.)