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titleCity Hall / Town Hall


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titleThe Guidelines define a City Hall / Town Hall as follows:
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A building or building complex that serves as the primary location for a local or municipal government's administrative functions.

INCLUDES: City Halls, Town Halls, Village Halls, Municipal Buildings, Municipal Centers, and City Buildings.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: County, state or federal level administration buildings, historical buildings that are no longer used for government administration.


What is a City Hall / Town Hall? 

A City Hall or Town Hall is the primary administrative building of a township or municipal government.  This may include buildings called City Hall, Town Hall, Village Hall, Municipal Building, Municipal Center, City Building or other name variations. City and Town halls are usually associated with Incorporated Places in the U.S.  Incorporated places are a legally defined entity and may be called city, borough, town, village (depends on the state). There are over 19,000 incorporated places in the U.S. as per the Census Bureau's Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS). There are no incorporated places in Hawaii or Puerto Rico.

Characteristics of a City Hall / Town Hall may include the building being open to the public, the city or town mayor and council operating out of that building, as well as assorted departments and employees of local governments.  

Please note that this feature class does not include county, state or federal level administration buildings.

Where can I find authoritative lists of City Hall / Town Hall structures?

There are no authoritative lists of City Hall / Town Hall structures.  The best way to confirm a City Hall / Town Hall feature point is to research the official website of the city or township.  

The closest thing to a national list may be a list of cities and townships on Wikipedia.com, however these only include a small portion of the country’s cities and townships.  When using lists like these, it is important that users verify each City Hall / Town Hall with an authoritative source.


Where do I place a City Hall / Town Hall structure point?

Most municipalities or townships have one central building.  If this is the case, place the point at the center of the building.

Some municipalities may have a municipal “campus” of buildings with administrative offices; others may have individual buildings that are geographically distributed throughout the city.  It is important to note that we are not collecting the location of individual city departments.  We are only collecting the  primary city/town hall; typically the building that houses the city council and/or mayor’s office. Place the point at the center of this building.


How do I name a City Hall / Town Hall?

Similar to courthouses, try to determine the name of the building when editing City Hall / Town Hall structures.  Contact information on government websites usually includes the building name with the address.  Examples include Denver’s City Council located in the City and County Building, or Cedar Rapids’s Manager’s Office in the City Hall:

Cedar Rapids's Manager's Office in City Hall


Denver's City Council in the City and County Building





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