|- 1974||114,028 acres (461.45 km2)|
|- 1973||110, 620|
|- Succeeded by||South Gloucestershire|
|- Motto||Fides in Cives (Faithfulness towards our fellow citizens)|
The district was formed by the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974 as part of a reform of local authorities throughout England and Wales. Under the reorganisation, the area surrounding the cities of Bath and Bristol was formed into a new county of "Avon", named after the river that ran through the area. The county was divided into six districts, one of which was formed from the areas of Sodbury Rural District (except the parish of Alderley) and most of Thornbury Rural District (16 out of 21 parishes) in Gloucestershire. The name "Northavon" was invented in 1973, simply denoting the district's position in the county.
In 1991 the county boundaries of Avon and Gloucestershire were realigned. The main effect of the change was that the Hillesley and Tresham area was transferred from Northavon to the neighbouring District of Stroud in Gloucestershire.
Following a review by the Local Government Commission for England, both the County of Avon and District of Northavon were abolished on 1 April 1996. Northavon was merged with the neighbouring Borough of Kingswood to form the unitary authority of South Gloucestershire.
- Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-11-750847-7.
- Registrar General's annual estimated figure mid 1973
- OPCS Key Population and Vital Statistics 1992
- "The Avon and Gloucestershire (County Boundaries) Order 1991". Office of Public Sector Information. 1991. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
- "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". Office of Public Sector Information. 1995. Retrieved 12 January 2009.