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Administrative Measures for the Administration of Administrative Divisions

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Decree of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China

No. 65

The Administrative Measures for the Implementation of Administrative Regulations on Administrative Divisions have been adopted on December 3, 2019 by the Ministerial Meeting of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and are hereby promulgated.

December 11, 2019


Administrative Measures for the Administration of Administrative Divisions


Article 1: These Measures are formulated in accordance with the Administrative Regulations on Administrative Divisions (hereinafter referred to as the Regulations).

Article 2 The changes in administrative divisions referred to in the Regulations include the establishment and revocation of administrative divisions, changes in the administrative divisions' affiliation, changes in administrative boundaries, relocation of people's governments, and changes in administrative division names.

The change of the administrative division's affiliation relationship means that the administrative division's reorganization system is under the jurisdiction of another parent administrative division. Without changing the administrative division affiliation relationship, the administrative division system shall be entrusted to another administrative division or change the escrow relationship, referring to the change of administrative division affiliation relationship.

The change of administrative area boundaries refers to the partial administration of one administrative area under the jurisdiction of another administrative area.

The relocation of the people's government (station) is the change of the local people's government (station) at or above the county level across the next lower administrative division (the jurisdiction of the station) and the township, ethnic township, town people's government, and sub-district office. Changes in the jurisdiction of the resident inter-village (resident) committees.

The change of the name of an administrative division refers to the change of the proper name of an administrative division.

Article 3 The establishment and revocation of administrative divisions shall be made by the local people's government at the next higher level who plans to establish administrative divisions or to withdraw administrative divisions. Where a new administrative division is established at the same time as the revocation and the administrative region remains unchanged, the local people's government intending to cancel the administrative division may formulate a change plan. Involving the establishment of administrative divisions, the name of the administrative division to be established, the type of organizational system, the affiliation relationship (including the escrow relationship), the administrative boundaries and the people's government premises should be clearly specified in the change plan. In the case of the revocation of administrative divisions, the ownership of the administrative area under the jurisdiction of administrative divisions should be clearly specified in the change plan.

When changing the affiliation of administrative divisions and the boundaries of administrative regions, the relevant local people's governments shall first negotiate and jointly formulate the change plan; if no consensus is reached, the change plan may be formulated by the unilateral, multi-party, or common people's governments at a higher level.

When changing the residence of the people's government and changing the name of an administrative division, the local people's government at the corresponding level shall formulate a change plan.

Article 4 The criteria for the establishment of cities and municipal districts shall include: population size structure, economic and social development level, resources and environment carrying capacity, land and space development and utilization status, infrastructure construction status, and basic public service capacity.

In drawing up the standards for the establishment of towns and sub-districts, full consideration shall be given to the economic, social and urbanization development levels of the provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government, the distribution of urban systems and towns, the size of the population, and resources and the environment.

Civil affairs departments that organize the formulation of standards for the establishment of cities, districts, and towns and sub-districts shall evaluate the implementation of the standards in conjunction with relevant departments, and adjust the standards in accordance with the prescribed authority and procedures based on the evaluation.

Article 5 When the people's government of a province, autonomous region, or municipality directly under the Central Government approves changes in the boundaries of some administrative regions of a county, city, or municipality, or the relocation of a county, city, or municipality without a district, the people's government of a county or city shall send the following filing materials to the State Council in five copies Civil affairs department:

(1) the filing report issued by the people's government of a province, autonomous region, or municipality;

(2) approval documents for changes in administrative divisions;

(3) The application materials for the administrative division change submitted by the local people's government applying for the administrative division change in accordance with Article 13 of the Regulations.

Article 6 When the people's governments of the provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly approve the establishment of standards for towns and sub-districts, they should send the following materials in five copies to the civil affairs department of the State Council:

(1) the filing report issued by the people's government of a province, autonomous region, or municipality;

(2) Provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities print standard documents, standard texts and explanations.

Article 7 The administrative division change matters submitted by the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government and the establishment of standard materials for towns and streets that do not meet the requirements of Articles 5 and 6 of these Measures shall be supplemented and corrected by the Civil Affairs Department of the State Council; Is for the record.

The administrative division changes and town and street establishment standards submitted for record that do not meet the requirements of the regulations shall be advised by the civil affairs department of the State Council to the provincial, autonomous region, or municipal people ’s government to make corrections on their own;

Article 8 : The content of the application submitted to the people's government at a higher level for the purpose of changing the administrative division shall include:

(1) Reasons for changes in administrative divisions;

(2) the plan for changing administrative divisions;

(3) Brief information on economic development, resources and environment, human history, topography and landform, population, area of administrative area and affiliation related to administrative division changes;

(4) Comprehensive research and judgment on risk assessment, expert argumentation, and consultation with the public.

The risk assessment report specified in Article 9 (1) (13) of the Regulations shall generally include the following:

(1) the legitimacy, feasibility, risk and controllability of administrative division changes;

(2) Changes in administrative divisions affect local and certain areas of population and resources, economic development, administration, national defense security, national unity, cultural heritage, living and employment, social security, grassroots governance, public safety, resource environmental protection, and implementation of land Possible impacts on spatial planning, institutional adjustments, and resettlement of cadres and staff, and issues that may arise;

(3) Examination status and results of major risk sources and risk points of administrative division changes;

(4) Measures to be taken to eliminate risks and respond to risks;

(5) conclusions of risk assessment;

(6) Other content related to risk assessment.

Article 10: To carry out risk assessment, you can use scientific methods such as qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis to carry out scientific prediction and comprehensive research and judgment on the risks of the implementation of administrative division changes through public opinion tracking, key visits, and consultation analysis.

The risk assessment can be entrusted to third-party institutions such as professional institutions and social organizations.

Article 11 The expert argumentation report specified in Article 13 (4) of the Regulations shall generally include the following:

(1) the necessity, scientificity, and rationality of administrative division changes;

(2) economic and social benefits of administrative division changes;

(3) the feasibility and possible risks of administrative division changes;

(4) opinions and suggestions on the administrative division change plan and organization and implementation;

(5) Other content related to expert argumentation.

Article 12: The organization of expert argumentation may take the form of an argumentation meeting, written consultation, or commissioned consultation. When selecting experts and professional institutions to participate in the demonstration, they must adhere to professionalism, representativeness, and neutrality, and pay attention to selecting experts and professional institutions with different professional backgrounds. They must not choose experts and professional institutions that have a direct interest in matters related to administrative division changes.

The civil affairs department of the local people's government at or above the county level shall, as needed, establish a database of experts for consultation and demonstration of administrative divisions.

Article 13: The contents of the report for soliciting opinions from the public as stipulated in Article 13 (5) of the Regulations shall generally include:

(1) the process and scope of soliciting opinions from the public;

(2) the main opinions and suggestions of the public;

(3) Handling of opinions and suggestions;

(4) Other content related to soliciting opinions from the public.

Article 14: Soliciting opinions from the public can be conducted through forums, site visits, written comments, and questionnaires.

The local people's government applying for the change of administrative divisions shall summarize, sort out, study and demonstrate the opinions submitted by various sectors of society, fully adopt reasonable opinions, and improve the administrative division change plan and supporting measures.

Article 15 (1) The administrative division plan and the schematic diagram of the change plan submitted in accordance with Article 13 (6) of the Regulations shall meet the following requirements:

(1) The drawing should be a color schematic diagram of A3 format;

(2) The map can comprehensively, truthfully and accurately reflect the main factors involved in administrative division changes. The base map should include the names of administrative divisions, residences of people's governments, administrative boundaries, water systems, highways, and railways;

(3) The outlines of administrative divisions are indicated by bold red lines, lower-level administrative divisions are indicated by contrasting color blocks, and the boundaries between lower-level administrative divisions are indicated by bold red dotted lines. The size is indicated by a red solid pentagram.

Article 16 (1) When applying for the change of administrative divisions, an overall plan for the organization and implementation shall be drawn up and submitted to the examination together with the application.

The overall plan for the organization and implementation should generally include the organizational leadership system and division of responsibilities for administrative division changes, the implementation steps for administrative division changes, and safeguard measures for administrative division changes. For the establishment, revocation, and change of administrative divisions, the overall plan should generally include the development positioning, goals, and directions after the administrative division is changed, the adjustment of the relevant local party, government, and group institutions, the transfer of state-owned assets, debts, and debts, and the protection of historical and cultural heritage. People's livelihood security and public services.

The civil affairs department of the people's government at a higher level should strengthen the supervision and guidance on the implementation of changes in administrative divisions.

Article 17 The civil affairs department of the local people's government at or above the county level shall, when reviewing the administrative division change plan reported by the people's government at a lower level, organize or entrust a third party institution to conduct a field investigation in accordance with the situation.

The field survey can be conducted by listening to reports, holding seminars, consulting materials, individual interviews, random interviews or unannounced visits.

Article 18: The local people's government shall, after receiving the approval document of the administrative division change of the superior people's government, promptly announce to the public the approval of the administrative division change information. Except as otherwise provided by laws, administrative regulations and relevant state regulations.

Article 19 If changes in administrative divisions cause changes in the boundaries of administrative divisions, the people's governments of neighboring parties shall complete the administrative divisions within the time limit for completion of administrative division changes in accordance with the administrative division change plan approved by the examination and approval authority, in accordance with laws, administrative regulations and relevant state regulations Boundary survey work.

Article 20 (1) The report on the completion of changes required by Article 15 of the Regulations shall generally include the following:

(1) the implementation of the content of the reply to changes in administrative divisions;

(2) the response of the people and the response of public opinion;

(3) the impact and preliminary effects of administrative division changes;

(4) Risk control and disposal;

(5) If it is necessary to determine the administrative boundary after the administrative division is changed, it shall also report the completion of the administrative boundary survey;

(6) Other situations that should be reported.

Article 21 Within 3 months after the completion of the administrative division change report is submitted to the examination and approval authority, the civil affairs department of the relevant local people's government shall submit the updated standard sample of the administrative division to the civil affairs department of the people's government that approved the administrative division change for review. The civil affairs department of the local people's government that organizes and updates the administrative division maps will be released to the public after being submitted for review in accordance with the relevant regulations on map management.

Article 22: The Civil Affairs Department of the State Council organizes the formulation of coding rules for administrative divisions at all levels.

Within one month from the date when the administrative division change information is announced to the public, the civil affairs department of the State Council or the civil affairs department of the people's government of a province, autonomous region, or municipality directly under the Central Government shall determine and announce the changed administrative division code in accordance with the administrative division code coding rules.

Article 23 The people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government shall, before January 31 of each year, submit to the State Council the relevant information on administrative division changes (including changes in dispatching agencies) approved by the people's governments at the same level and below within one year. Civil affairs department.

The reported information on administrative division changes shall include a list of administrative division changes and relevant approval documents for administrative division changes.

Article 24: If the civil affairs department of the people's government at a higher level finds that the people's government at a lower level has violated the provisions of the regulations, it should advise them to make corrections in a timely manner, or make suggestions to the people's government at the corresponding level for handling according to law.

Article 25. The administrative divisions of Qiongqi, special zones and forest areas shall be implemented with reference to counties, the administrative divisions of autonomous flags shall be implemented with reference to autonomous counties, and the administrative divisions of the Union shall be implemented with reference to regions.

Article 26: These Measures shall be implemented as of January 1, 2020.


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