Organizing a Township


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

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

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.