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Local Government

Durham is unique in that it is has only one City located in a county by the same name.  Currently Durham is the 4th largest city in North Carolina, but shoehorned into the 17th (of 100) smallest county in NC. 

Durham County, governed by the five member Board of County Commissioners and managed by the County Manager, is responsible for social services, public health, elections, courts, funding schools, etc.

The City of Durham, a Council-Manger former of government, governed by a seven member Council including the Mayor, and managed day to day by a City Manager, is responsible for police, fire, public works, water, solid waste, parks, etc.

Other questions about City Services?  Durham One Call (560-1200) is the City’s one stop local government customer service and information center.

Local government

City of Durham

101 City Hall Plaza, Downtown Durham


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Durham City-County Planning Department

101 City Hall Plaza, Downtown Durham


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Provides election services to Durham. To register to vote in Durham County, complete a Voter Registration Application and mail or deliver to the elections office at least 25 days prior to an election.
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Durham County Register of Deeds

200 E Main St, Ground Floor, Historic Courthouse


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More than 480 officers working in five districts. Downtown has one of the lowest crime rates in the region, and Durham has a lower crime rate overall than similar, mid-sized communities.
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March 6 - August 3, 2014

"Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection" Art Exhibit

Since the turn of the 20th century, artists have appropriated imagery from well-known works of art, commodities and the media in order to make a statement about art’s relationship to, and place within, our world. The artists included in this installation use appropriation in their own way and for their own purposes, addressing themes of identity, politics, economics, history and nostalgia. Central to all of these works are questions of originality and the processes that go into making art. This installation includes works from the Nasher Museum’s collection by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Wagner, Vik Muniz, Alexander Kosolapov and others. Admission $5, $4 seniors, $3 non-Duke students with student ID.

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