An administrative centre is a seat of regional administration or local government, or a county town, or the place where the central administration of a commune is located.

In Russia, the term is applied to the inhabited localities which serve as a seat of government of entities of various levels. The only exception to this rule is the republics, for which the term "capital" is used to refer to the seat of government. The capital of Russia is also an entity to which the term "administrative centre" does not apply. A similar arrangement exists in Ukraine.

In the United Kingdom it is the centre of a local authority which is distinct from a historic county with a county town.

See also[]

  • Local government
  • Chef-lieu, administrative centres in Algeria, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, and Tunisia
  • County seat, administrative centres in the USA
  • County town, administrative centres in Ireland and the UK
  • List of regions of Norway
  • Administrative divisions of Portugal
  • Subdivisions of Russia