The term is officially used and quoted. In different German federal states (''Bundesländer'') there are different laws and administration rules about when exactly a town can obtain this status but they do not differ very much. The [[mayor]] of a ''Große Kreisstadt'' usually bears the title of an ''Oberbürgermeister'' ("Chief Burgomaster").
At the moment reforms are discussed in some states. It is not a main goal of these reforms to make the rules more similar
== ''Große Kreisstädte'' in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Saxony ==