The largest taluk is Kozhikode and the smallest Vadakara.
Of the five Municipal Corporations in the State, one is the Kozhikode Municipal Corporation. Vadakara and Koyilandy are the two municipalities in the district.
Kozhikode became a municipality on 3rd July 1866. Its population then was 36,602 inhabiting an area of 28.48 sq km. It was then made a corporation and the first corporation council assumed office on the first November 1962.
The Kozhikode Corporation has geographical area of 82.67 sq km. For purposes of revenue collection etc, the Corporation has been divided into 39 survey wards. But for purposes of election, it has been divided into 50 electoral divisions on the basis of population, each division being represented by one member.
The Kozhikode Development Authority was formed on May 15, 1980, with the aim of planned development. The authority covers Kozhikode Municipal Corporation and suburban panchayats, namely, Elathur, Kakkodi, Kuruvatoor, Kunnamamgalam, Peruvayal, Olavanna, Parumanna, Cheruvannur, Nallalam, Beypore, Feroke, Kadalundy and Ramanattukara. A master plan has been prepared for the development of Kozhikode urban area.
Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies
Kozhikode district comprises of two parliamentary constituencies and 12 assembly constituencies.