Official visitor information site for Durham, NC

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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August 15 - 24, 2014

Annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Proudly produced by the Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today’s gay and lesbian life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking. Ten-passes $85; individual tickets $10.

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