Website Search Updates

Moving to a new search engine allows for more control and customization

April 9, 2019 | 2 min reading time

This article is 5 years old. It was published on April 9, 2019.

Site Search

What Changed

Site search on has been overhauled to use a custom implementation powered by Elasticsearch, an open source full-text search engine. 

This applies both to the general site-wide search box at the top-right corner of each page, and to the ordinance search page. We will be adding new focused search features over time. 


Moving to a custom search implementation allows the web team and content contributors to have better control over how and when City service information shows up in search results. This change will result in more accurate and timely results, and gives us the opportunity to provide more rich content in search results.


We have been testing the search engine behind the scenes, and while we think it's working well, it's possible that we've missed something. 

If you run into trouble with searching the site, or have suggestions for us, please leave feedback at the bottom of the search results page or contact the web team directly.

We will continue to monitor both search performance and your feedback, and will tweak things as needed.

Related Stories

Was this page helpful?      

Comments are helpful!
500 character limit

Feedback is anonymous.