[Tagging] Meaning of "administrative" in boundary=administrative, in your country?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Wed May 13 21:27:38 UTC 2020

At the US talk mailing list and
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:United_States_admin_level there
has been discussion about whether or not certain features should be tagged
as administrative boundaries in the States of Connecticut, Rhode Island and

While all these States have counties, in some cases most of the government
functions have been lost, and are handled by the State (admin_level=4) or
Town/City government (admin_level=8).

However, I have the impression that in some countries, certain local
administrative boundaries do not actually have "home rule", or the ability
to make their own laws, for example in French-infuenced areas?

What is the minimum qualification for a boundary to be considered a
boundary=administrative with an admin_level in your country?

-- Joseph Eisenberg
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