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Boundary Changes

Detachment from a City Government

Introduction

"Detachment" from a city means the contraction of the corporate boundaries of the city by the removal of territory formerly within its jurisdiction. There are two methods available to detach territory from a city. One involves an election among the voters in the territory proposed for detachment, AS 29.06.040(c)(1). The other involves legislative review (Article X, Section 12, Alaska Constitution)

The detachment process requires a substantial commitment of time as well as other resources. Before any decision is made to propose and prepare a detachment petition, petitioners should consider the need for detachment, the method to use, and the likelihood of success. This section provides a brief overview of basic detachment information; however, this is a complex matter that cannot be covered completely in this brief overview.

Narrative Frequently Asked Questions Additional Resources Applicable Laws and Regulations

Revised 10/2/2018