Combining or Merging Townships


To Organize a Township is to form a Township Government and become a Civil Township.

NDCC 58-02 Creation, Consolidation, Division, and Dissolution

58-02-11. Uniting congressional townships into civil townships. The board of county commissioners may unite two or more congressional townships into one civil township or may add not more than three congressional townships to any congressional township already organized as a civil township when petitioned to do so by a majority of the qualified electors to be affected.

A Civil Township may consist of one or more "Congressional Townships." The term Congressional Township refers to the 6-mile by 6-mile square of land that is identified by a Township and Range Number.

To meet the organizing requirements, more than one congressional township can be organized together.


  • At least twenty-five qualified electors
    • US Citizen
    • At least 18 years old
    • Has resided in the township for at least the last 30 days
  • At least $20,000 of taxable valuation


  • Petition to the County Commission by 25% of the qualified electors that voted in the previous gubernatorial general election

  • County Commissioners SHALL submit the question of organization to the qualified electors of the township 

  • Publish newspaper notice of election at least 30 days prior to the election

  • County Commission shall appoint election officials necessary for the election

  • If a majority of the votes cast approve of organization, the township MUST then be organized

  • If the petitions filed for organization did not designate a name, the board of county commissioners shall select one.