Communauté de communes

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A communauté de communes (French: [kɔmynote kɔmyn] , "community of communes") is a federation of municipalities (communes) in France. It forms a framework within which local tasks are carried out together. It is the least-integrated form of intercommunalité (intercommunality).

As of 1 January 2007, there were 2,400 communautés de communes in France (2,391 in metropolitan France and 9 in the overseas departments), with 26.48 million people living in them.[1] Since then many communautés de communes have been merged or have joined a communauté d'agglomération, a communauté urbaine or a métropole. Whereas there were 2,408 communautés de communes in January 2010 and 1,842 in January 2016, there were only 1,009 communautés de communes left on 1 April 2018.[2] The population of the communautés de communes (2019 population data, 2022 borders) ranged from 105,383 inhabitants (Communauté de communes Le Grésivaudan, covering the area between Grenoble and Chambéry), to 3,983 inhabitants (Communauté de communes du Causse de Labastide-Murat, Lot department).[3]

Legal status[edit]

The communauté de communes was created by a statute of the French Parliament enacted on 6 February 1992. The statute was modified by the Chevènement law of 1999.

Unlike the communautés d'agglomération and the communautés urbaines, communautés de communes are not subject to a minimum threshold of population to come into existence. The only constraint is geographical continuity.

According to the Code général des collectivités territoriales (CGCT; general law over regional administrative structures), a communauté de communes is an établissement public de coopération intercommunale (EPCI; public establishment of inter-communal cooperation) formed by several French municipalities that cover a connected territory without enclave.

When the Chevènement law regulatory modifications came into force in 1999 communautés de communes already in existence that did not meet the criterion of geographical continuity were left untouched.

The communes involved build a space of solidarity with a joint project for development, infrastructure building, etc.


The communautés de communes are currently funded by local taxes:

The taxe professionnelle unique is a modified version of the tax whereby a proportion of the monies levied by the communautés des communes is paid back to the individual communes. The taxe professionnelle is sometimes presented as an unfair burden on the economy or even as a device for exporting jobs outside France, and it has been subject to a series of reforms over the years but central government undertakings to abolish it (and presumably to replace it) have yet to come to fruition. If they do, funding of the communautés de communes will change fundamentally.

A communauté de communes is administered by a council (conseil communautaire) made up of delegates from the municipal councils of each member commune. The number of seats allocated to each commune reflects the size of the commune. A member commune must have at least one seat on the council and no individual commune may have more than half of the seats on the conseil communautaire.


Article 5214-16 of the CGCT requires the communauté de communes to exercise its responsibilities in the following policy areas:

  • promotion of economic development across its entire territory
  • management and maintenance of public spaces

The communauté de communes may also choose to exercise its responsibilities in at least one of the following six policy areas:

  • environmental protection and improvement
  • housing and 'quality-of-life' policies
  • road construction, management and maintenance
  • construction, maintenance and operation of buildings and other infrastructure for recreational (cultural and sports related) and educational (primary schooling and preschooling) purposes
  • social actions for the common good
  • general improvements (assainissement)

The communauté de communes may define its own personnel requirements and appoint appropriately qualified employees. In addition, and subject to départemental agreement, it may exercise direct powers and responsibilities in certain social policy areas that are more normally handled at the départemental level.

Subject to these requirements, it is for the communes themselves to determine precisely which responsibilities they will delegate to the communauté de communes based on their view of the individual commune's best interests. Once powers and responsibilities have been delegated to the communauté de communes, they shall be exercised collectively through the communauté de communes and may no longer be exercised independently by individual member communes.

In 2008 there were 2,393 communautés de communes in France. Of these, roughly 1,000 had been in existence for less than a year. New communautés are currently being created at a more rapid rate than in the early years. Nevertheless there are still many rural communes that have not joined one of these groupings.

Communautés de communes with more than 60,000 inhabitants[edit]

Name Seat Department Number of communes Population (2019)[3]
CC Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique Brech Morbihan 24 90,815
CC Les Balcons du Dauphiné Saint-Chef Isère 47 79,103
CC Cœur d'Ostrevent Lewarde Nord 20 71,651
CC Entre Bièvre et Rhône Saint-Maurice-l'Exil Isère 37 69,559
CC Erdre et Gesvres Grandchamps-des-Fontaines Loire-Atlantique 12 65,831
CC Flandre Intérieure Hazebrouck Nord 50 104,632
CC Forez-Est Feurs Loire 42 65,163
CC Le Grésivaudan Crolles Isère 43 105,383
CC Haute Saintonge Jonzac Charente-Maritime 129 70,089
CC Maremne Adour Côte Sud Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse Landes 23 70,052
CC Ouest Guyanais Mana French Guiana 8 97,450
CC Pays d'Ancenis Ancenis-Saint-Géréon Loire-Atlantique 20 69,361
CC Pévèle-Carembault Pont-à-Marcq Nord 38 98,430
CC Plaine de l'Ain Chazey-sur-Ain Ain 53 80,834
CC Thelloise Neuilly-en-Thelle Oise 41 62,315
CC Val d'Essonne Ballancourt-sur-Essonne Essonne 21 61,776
CC Les Vals du Dauphiné La Tour-du-Pin Isère 36 64,908


  1. ^ Direction générale des collectivités locales (DGCL), Ministry of the Interior. "Répartition des EPCI à fiscalité propre par département au 01/01/2007" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-19.
  2. ^ BANATIC, Tableau 1.1. Le nombre d´EPCI à fiscalité propre depuis le 1er janvier 2007
  3. ^ a b BANATIC, Liste des groupements. Accessed 8 October 2022.

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