In the territories administrated by the Palestinian Authority, a municipality (Arabic: هيئة محلية) is an administrative unit of local government similar to a city. They were established and decided after the creation of the Local Government Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority in 1994. All municipalities are assigned by the Local Government Ministry. Municipal council members and mayors are elected by the residents of the particular locality. Municipalities are divided into four sectors depending on their population and importance to their particular governorate.
Municipality A (City) - Primary municipalities or district capitals of the governorates. There are 14 A-level municipalities. These localities are considered cities. Their municipal councils consists of 13 members and a chairman in addition to the elected mayor.
Municipality B (City or Town) - Municipalities that have populations of over 8,000 inhabitants or have had a lengthy existence as local councils under Israeli administration. There are 41 B-level municipalities. Their municipal councils consist of 13 members and a chairperson.
Municipality C (Town) - Municipalities that have populations of 4,000-8,000. Most were recently approved by the Palestinian National Authority. There are 47 C-level municipalities that are governed by 11-member councils.
Municipality D (Village) - Municipalities with populations of over 1,000. There are 220 D-level municipalities that are governed by 9-member councils.