Skip to content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer


A municipality is usually a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate.

In the United States, “municipality” is usually understood as a city

In Canada, municipalities are local governments established

In Australia, the term local government area (LGA) is used in place

In a number of countries terms cognate with “commune” are used

Powers of municipalities range from virtual autonomy to complete

The term municipality may also mean the governing or ruling body