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Charters

A "charter" is the grant from the state which brings a municipality into existence and defines its governmental structure and powers. The Tennessee municipal charters produced and maintained by MTAS are linked below.

This link takes you to a view of the charters sorted by type.

Adams
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Adamsville
(Private Act)
Alamo
(Private Act)
Alcoa
(Private Act)
Alexandria
(Private Act)
Algood
(Private Act)
Allardt
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Altamont
(Private Act)
Ardmore
(Private Act)
Arlington
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Ashland City
(Private Act)
Athens
(Private Act)
Atoka
(Private Act)
Atwood
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Auburntown
(Private Act)
Baileyton
(Private Act)
Baneberry
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Bartlett
(Private Act)
Baxter
(Private Act)
Bean Station
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Beersheba Springs
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Bell Buckle
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Belle Meade
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Bells
(Private Act)
Benton
(Private Act)
Berry Hill
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Bethel Springs
(Private Act)
Big Sandy
(Private Act)
Blaine
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Bluff City
(Private Act)
Bolivar
(Private Act)
Braden
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Bradford
(Private Act)
Brentwood
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Brighton
(Private Act)
Bristol
(Private Act)
Brownsville
(Private Act)
Bruceton
(Private Act)
Bulls Gap
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Burlison
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Burns
(Private Act)
Byrdstown
(Private Act)
Calhoun
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Camden
(Private Act)
Carthage
(Private Act)
Caryville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Cedar Hill
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Celina
(Private Act)
Centertown
(Private Act)
Centerville
(Private Act)
Chapel Hill
(Private Act)
Charleston
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Charlotte
(Private Act)
Chattanooga
(Home Rule)
Church Hill
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Clarksburg
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Clarksville
(Private Act)
Cleveland
(Private Act)
Clifton
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Clinton
(Home Rule)
Coalmont
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Collegedale
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Collierville
(Private Act)
Collinwood
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Columbia
(Private Act)
Cookeville
(Private Act)
Coopertown
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Copperhill
(Private Act)
Cornersville
(Private Act)
Cottage Grove
(Private Act)
Covington
(Private Act)
Cowan
(Private Act)
Crab Orchard
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Cross Plains
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Crossville
(Private Act)
Crump
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Cumberland City
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Cumberland Gap
(Private Act)
Dandridge
(Private Act)
Dayton
(Private Act)
Decatur
(Private Act)
Decaturville
(Private Act)
Decherd
(Private Act)
Dickson
(Private Act)
Dover
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Dowelltown
(Private Act)
Doyle
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Dresden
(Private Act)
Ducktown
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Dunlap
(Private Act)
Dyer
(Private Act)
Dyersburg
(Private Act)
Eagleville
(Private Act)
East Ridge
(Home Rule)
Eastview
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Elizabethton
(General Law Modified Manager-Council)
Elkton
(Private Act)
Englewood
(Private Act)
Enville
(Private Act)
Erin
(Private Act)
Erwin
(Private Act)
Estill Springs
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Ethridge
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Etowah
(Home Rule)
Fairview
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Farragut
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Fayetteville
(Private Act)
Finger
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Forest Hills
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Franklin
(Private Act)
Friendship
(Private Act)
Friendsville
(Private Act)
Gadsden
(Private Act)
Gainesboro
(Private Act)
Gallatin
(Private Act)
Gallaway
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Garland
(Private Act)
Gates
(Private Act)
Gatlinburg
(Private Act)
Germantown
(Private Act)
Gibson
(Private Act)
Gilt Edge
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Gleason
(Private Act)
Goodlettsville
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Gordonsville
(Private Act)
Grand Junction
(Private Act)
Graysville
(Private Act)
Greenback
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Greenbrier
(Private Act)
Greeneville
(Private Act)
Greenfield
(Private Act)
Gruetli-Laager
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Guys
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Halls
(Private Act)
Harriman
(Private Act)
Harrogate
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Hartsville (Trousdale County)
(Metropolitan Government)
Henderson
(Private Act)
Hendersonville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Henning
(Private Act)
Henry
(Private Act)
Hickory Valley
(Private Act)
Hohenwald
(Private Act)
Hollow Rock
(Private Act)
Hornbeak
(Private Act)
Hornsby
(Private Act)
Humboldt
(Private Act)
Huntingdon
(Private Act)
Huntland
(Private Act)
Huntsville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Jacksboro
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Jackson
(Private Act)
Jamestown
(Private Act)
Jasper
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Jefferson City
(Private Act)
Jellico
(Private Act)
Johnson City
(Home Rule)
Jonesborough
(Private Act)
Kenton
(Private Act)
Kimball
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Kingsport
(Private Act)
Kingston
(Private Act)
Kingston Springs
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Knoxville
(Home Rule)
La Grange
(Private Act)
Lafayette
(Private Act)
LaFollette
(Private Act)
Lakeland
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Lakesite
(General Law Manager-Commission)
LaVergne
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Lawrenceburg
(Private Act)
Lebanon
(Private Act)
Lenoir City
(Home Rule)
Lewisburg
(Private Act)
Lexington
(Private Act)
Liberty
(Private Act)
Linden
(Private Act)
Livingston
(Private Act)
Lobelville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Lookout Mountain
(Private Act)
Loretto
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Loudon
(Private Act)
Louisville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Luttrell
(Private Act)
Lynchburg (Moore County)
(Metropolitan Government)
Lynnville
(Private Act)
Madisonville
(Private Act)
Manchester
(Private Act)
Martin
(Private Act)
Maryville
(Private Act)
Mason
(Private Act)
Maury City
(Private Act)
Maynardville
(General Law Manager-Commission)
McEwen
(Private Act)
McKenzie
(Private Act)
McLemoresville
(Private Act)
McMinnville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Medina
(Private Act)
Medon
(Private Act)
Memphis
(Home Rule)
Michie
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Middleton
(Private Act)
Milan
(Private Act)
Milledgeville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Millersville
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Millington
(Private Act)
Minor Hill
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Mitchellville
(Private Act)
Monteagle
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Monterey
(Private Act)
Morrison
(Private Act)
Morristown
(Private Act)
Moscow
(Private Act)
Mosheim
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Mount Carmel
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Mount Pleasant
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Mountain City
(Private Act)
Mt. Juliet
(Home Rule)
Munford
(Private Act)
Murfreesboro
(Private Act)
Nashville (Davidson County)
(Metropolitan Government)
New Hope
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
New Johnsonville
(Private Act)
New Market
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
New Tazewell
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Newbern
(Private Act)
Newport
(Private Act)
Niota
(Private Act)
Nolensville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Normandy
(Private Act)
Norris
(Private Act)
Oak Hill
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Oak Ridge
(Home Rule)
Oakdale
(Private Act)
Oakland
(Private Act)
Obion
(Private Act)
Oliver Springs
(Private Act)
Oneida
(Private Act)
Orlinda
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Orme
(Private Act)
Palmer
(Private Act)
Paris
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Parker's Crossroads
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Parrottsville
(Private Act)
Parsons
(Private Act)
Pegram
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Petersburg
(Private Act)
Philadelphia
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Pigeon Forge
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Pikeville
(Private Act)
Piperton
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Pittman Center
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Plainview
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Pleasant Hill
(Private Act)
Pleasant View
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Portland
(Private Act)
Powells Crossroads
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Pulaski
(Private Act)
Puryear
(Private Act)
Ramer
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Red Bank
(Home Rule)
Red Boiling Springs
(Private Act)
Ridgely
(Private Act)
Ridgeside
(Private Act)
Ridgetop
(Private Act)
Ripley
(Private Act)
Rives
(Private Act)
Rockford
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Rockwood
(Private Act)
Rocky Top
(Private Act)
Rogersville
(Private Act)
Rossville
(Private Act)
Rutherford
(Private Act)
Rutledge
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Saltillo
(Private Act)
Samburg
(Private Act)
Sardis
(Private Act)
Saulsbury
(Private Act)
Savannah
(Private Act)
Scotts Hill
(Private Act)
Selmer
(Private Act)
Sevierville
(Home Rule)
Sharon
(Private Act)
Shelbyville
(Private Act)
Signal Mountain
(Private Act)
Silerton
(Private Act)
Slayden
(Private Act)
Smithville
(Private Act)
Smyrna
(Private Act)
Sneedville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Soddy-Daisy
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Somerville
(Private Act)
South Carthage
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
South Fulton
(General Law Manager-Commission)
South Pittsburg
(Private Act)
Sparta
(Private Act)
Spencer
(Private Act)
Spring City
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Spring Hill
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Springfield
(Private Act)
St. Joseph
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Stanton
(Private Act)
Stantonville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Sunbright
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Surgoinsville
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Sweetwater
(Home Rule)
Tazewell
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Tellico Plains
(Private Act)
Tennessee Ridge
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Thompson's Station
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Three Way
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Tiptonville
(Private Act)
Toone
(Private Act)
Townsend
(Private Act)
Tracy City
(Private Act)
Trenton
(Private Act)
Trezevant
(Private Act)
Trimble
(Private Act)
Troy
(Private Act)
Tullahoma
(Private Act)
Tusculum
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Unicoi
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Union City
(General Law Modified Manager-Council)
Vanleer
(Private Act)
Viola
(Private Act)
Vonore
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Walden
(Home Rule)
Wartburg
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Wartrace
(Private Act)
Watauga
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Watertown
(Private Act)
Waverly
(Private Act)
Waynesboro
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Westmoreland
(Private Act)
White Bluff
(Private Act)
White House
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
White Pine
(Private Act)
Whiteville
(Private Act)
Whitwell
(Home Rule)
Williston
(General Law Manager-Commission)
Winchester
(Private Act)
Winfield
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Woodbury
(Private Act)
Woodland Mills
(General Law Mayor-Alderman)
Yorkville
(General Law Manager-Commission)