What are municipal service partnerships

Areas and examples of communal cooperation

Good practical examples should give municipalities suggestions for their own cooperation projects. To this end, this page shows the areas in which projects of intermunicipal cooperation create advantages for everyone involved.

The exemplary selected cooperation tasks, organizational forms, types of financing and working methods must be viewed against the background of the specific local conditions in each case. Whether the approaches and models can be easily transferred to other constellations must be decided on a case-by-case basis. In order to give a practical insight into projects of intermunicipal cooperation, we have compiled good practical examples with content, starting position, advantages and cooperation partners of the respective projects and prepared them for you.

The practical examples have not been fully legally checked in connection with this publication. Insofar as they do not involve the transfer of tasks, but rather orders are placed against payment, it must be checked whether requirements under public procurement law are to be observed. The respective municipalities are responsible for this.

Many municipal tasks are suitable for cooperation. The areas of application range from spatial development, space management, the planning and development of residential, commercial and traffic areas to the shared use of infrastructure and technical facilities to joint procurement, building management and joint departments with specialized staff. The practical examples are sorted by topic. You can find more examples on the subjects of building yard, procurement and personnel on the website of the “Intercommunal Cooperation” project in the Regensburg district.

Waste disposal

In the field of waste management, intermunicipal cooperation has been tried and tested for many years. It is used to create economical operating sizes in order to be able to provide sufficient plant capacities for the environmentally friendly recycling or disposal of the entire spectrum of waste.

Sanitation and water supply

The cooperation in the care of sewage treatment plants can take place through regionally organized standby services, a substitution arrangement or co-supervision by sewage attendants from other municipalities. A cross-community organization of the mechanical dewatering, drying and thermal disposal of the sewage sludge is also an option.

Building yard

Personnel and equipment lending, joint training courses and the joint acquisition of special equipment come into consideration here. Finally, the amalgamation of building yards to a common building yard can lead to quality improvements and a more economical performance of tasks.


With the help of purchasing cooperations, more favorable conditions on the market can be used. In addition, the administrative costs for the individual municipality fall. Public administration employees can obtain information on various topics in the field of procurement on the Internet portal administration and procurement network.

E-government / EDP / authority networks

The joint use of systems (hardware and software), joint purchases, joint training courses and joint specialists for technical support help to reduce costs. A municipal authority network or e-government applications can also be set up more cost-effectively in inter-municipal cooperation.

Fire brigades

Cost savings can result from joint tenders and procurement of protective equipment, devices, vehicles and services, joint provision of equipment (e.g. hose care facilities, reserves) and joint workshops. Coordinated requirements and development planning up to a possible specialization of individual brigades can be contents of a fire brigade cooperation.