In 1942, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation that required cities to file certain documents with the Secretary of State's office, but compliance was irregular. In 1980, the General Assembly passed KRS 81.045, requiring cities to submit filings identifying the city's name, incorporation date, classification status and boundaries. Also in 1980, the General Assembly enacted KRS 81A.470, which requires cities to file with the Secretary of State's office copies of ordinances that identify annexations, severances and transfers.
City filings since 1980 are available in a searchable online database. The Division of Geographic Information creates and maintains maps based on filings accepted by this office, and those maps are linked to each city's page. Filing information from 1942 to 1980 is included as a matter of historical interest. You can also review a number of prebuilt lists and queries regarding Kentucky cities.
For additional information, please review the frequently asked questions and research portions of this website, or contact the Kentucky Land Office at (502) 564-3490 or via email.