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City Incorporation


"City incorporation" means the creation of a second class, first class, or home rule city government to provide services and facilities at the community level. Distinctions among the three types of cities are addressed in the publication Local Government in Alaska and the previous LOGON section, Municipal Government Structure in Alaska.

Incorporation requires a big commitment of time and other resources. Before any decision is made to begin work on incorporation, a lot of thought should be given to the need for a city government and the process involved, particularly if the community is within an organized borough. This chapter provides an overview of basic information about city incorporation. Incorporation is a complex matter that cannot be covered completely in this brief overview. This overview does, however, provide information and links to applicable law, additional publications, and staff available to provide assistance on incorporation.

Local Boundary Commission (LBC) staff within the Division of Community and Regional Affaris are available to provide technical assistance.

Narrative Frequently Asked Questions Additional Resources Applicable Laws and Regulations

Revised 10/2/2018