Citizens shall be guaranteed the right to local and regional self-government.
The right to local and regional self-government shall be exercised through local and/or regional representative bodies, composed of members elected in free elections by secret ballot on the grounds of direct, equal and general suffrage.
Citizens may directly participate in the administration of local affairs, through meetings, referenda and other forms of direct decision-making, in compliance with law and local ordinances.
The rights specified in this Article shall be exercised by European Union nationals in compliance with law and EU acquis communautaire.
Municipalities and towns shall be units of local self-government, and their territories shall be determined in the manner prescribed by law. Other units of local self-government may be provided by law.
Counties shall be units of regional self-government. The territory of a county shall be determined in the manner prescribed by law.
The capital city of Zagreb may be accorded the status of a county by law. Larger cities in the Republic of Croatia may be given the authority of a county by law.
Forms of community-level self-government may be established in a community or any part thereof.
Units of local self-government shall administer affairs of local jurisdiction by which the needs of citizens are directly fulfilled, and in particular affairs related to the organization of localities and housing, zoning and urban planning, public utilities, child care, social welfare, primary health services, education and primary schools, culture, physical education and sports, customer protection, protection and improvement of the environment, fire protection and civil defence.
Units of regional self-government shall administer affairs of regional significance, and in particular affairs related to education, public health, zoning and urban planning, economic development, transportation and transportation infrastructure and the development of the network of educational, health, social and cultural institutions.
Affairs falling within the purview of local and regional self-government shall be regulated by law. When devolving such matters, priority shall be accorded to the bodies which are closest to the citizen.
When determining the purviews of local and regional self-government units, the scope and nature of affairs and the requirements of efficiency and economy shall be taken into account.
Units of local and regional self-government shall have the right, within the limits provided by law, to autonomously regulate, through their charters, the internal organization and jurisdiction of their bodies and adapt them to local needs and capacities.
In administering the affairs within their jurisdiction, units of local and regional self-government shall be autonomous and subject only to the review of the constitutionality and legality by the authorized national governmental bodies.
Units of local and regional self-government shall be entitled to their own revenues and to dispose of them freely in the performance of the tasks under their purview.
Revenues of local and regional units of self-government shall be proportional to their powers as envisaged by the Constitution and law.
The state shall provide financial assistance to weaker units of local and regional self-government in compliance with law.