Borough charters granted under section 245 of the Local Government Act 1972 to Welsh districts
|District||Year of charter||Previous boroughs||Notes|
|Afan||1974||Port Talbot (formed 1921, including borough of Aberavon, reformed 1861)||Renamed Port Talbot 1986|
|Arfon||1974||Caernarvon (reformed 1835), Bangor (reformed 1883)||Bangor and Caernarfon formed town councils|
|Brecknock||1974||Brecon (reformed 1835)||Brecon formed a town council|
|Cardiff||1974 (and city status)||Cardiff (reformed 1835)|
|Colwyn||1974||Colwyn Bay (1934)|
|Cynon Valley||By November 1974||None|
|Delyn||1974||Flint (reformed 1835)||Flint formed a town council|
|Dinefwr||1974||Llandovery (reformed 1835)||Llandovery formed a town council|
|Llanelli||1974||Kidwelly (reformed 1885), Llanelli (1913)||Kidwelly and Llanelli formed town councils|
|Merthyr Tydfil||1974||Merthyr Tydfil (1905)|
|Monmouth||1988||Monmouth (reformed 1835), Abergavenny (1899)||Abergavenny and Monmouth formed town councils|
|Neath||1974||Neath (reformed 1835)||Neath formed a town council|
|Newport||1974 (granted city
status in 2002)
|Newport (reformed 1835)|
|Port Talbot||See Afan|
|Swansea||1974 (and city status)||Swansea (reformed 1835)|
|Vale of Glamorgan||1974||Cowbridge (1887), Barry (1938)||Cowbridge and Barry formed town councils|
|Wrexham Maelor||1974||Wrexham (1857)|
|Ynys Mon – Isle of Anglesey||1974||Beaumaris (reformed 1835)||Beaumaris formed a town council|
The districts created in 1974 were abolished in 1996 by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994. The 1994 Act amended section 245 of the Local Government Act 1972, allowing for the new unitary county councils established by the Act to apply for a charter in a similar manner to the old district councils. On receiving a charter a county became a "county borough".
Welsh unitary authorities granted a charter in 1996 bestowing county borough status
|County borough||Previous boroughs||Notes|
|Aberconwy and Colwyn||Aberconwy, Colwyn||Renamed Conwy 1996|
|Blaenau Gwent||Blaenau Gwent|
|Cardiff||Cardiff has the status of a "city and county" by letters patent|
|Conwy||See Aberconwy and Colwyn|
|Merthyr Tydfil||Merthyr Tydfil|
|Neath and Port Talbot||Neath, Port Talbot||Renamed Neath Port Talbot 1996|
|Newport||Newport||Became "city and county" in 2002|
|Rhondda Cynon Taff||Cynon Valley, Rhondda, Taff-Ely|
|Swansea||Swansea has the status of a "city and county" by letters patent|
|Vale of Glamorgan||Vale of Glamorgan|
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