Les compétences

The founding statues of Limoges Métropole include a list of the areas over which the Agglomeration has full authority, taking precedence over constituent municipal authorities.

In certain areas, all authority is ceded to the Métropole. This is the case for public transport and household waste collection, for example.
In other areas, however, responsibilities are shared to reflect their concrete impact on local communities.

It falls to the Conseil Communautaire to examine each aspect of local government and determine the correct distribution of responsibility, with certain functions falling under the aegis of the agglomeration and others remaining the responsibility of individual municipalities.
The responsibilities allotted to a Public Authority for Inter-Municipal Cooperation (Etablissement Public de Coopération Intercommunale - EPCI) like Limoges Métropole rest upon two key principles:
• The principle of exclusivity: the creation of an EPCI means that the constituent members relinquish control of the powers allotted to this new body fully and immediately. Municipal authorities are not entitled to intervene in any way in the domains transferred to the control of the EPCI.
• The principle of specialisation: the EPCI can only act within its clearly defined sphere of influence.

The agglomeration thus has compulsory powers, imposed by the law known as the Loi Chevènement covering all such institutions (given in red),
along with optional powers selected from a list of six (given in green) and finally additional powers delegated voluntarily at the initiative of the municipalities concerned (given in blue).





Services to the Population


  • Civil registry
  • Elections
  • Municipal police
  • Illegal parking


  •  Traffic and parking


  • Organisation of public and school transport within the conurbation


  • Construction, maintenance, operation of public schools





  • Town planning: Local Development Plan, building permits...
  • Real-estate operations



Social action

  • Municipal social action centre, day-care centres, crèches, homes for the elderly....





  • Construction of business zones in the municipal interest, actions for the park in the municipal interest, creation and refurbishment of social housing, refurbishment of old stock....


  • Local Housing Programm
  • Travellers’ halting sites
  • Housing Observatory



City policy


  •  City Contract, Local Safety Contract


  • PLIE (Local Integration and Employment Plan), Local Mission

Culture and Sport

  •  Libraries, music conservatories, museums, swimming pools, sports facilities, theatres, culture centres, archives...


  • Construction, redevelopment, maintenance and management of municipal cultural and sports facilities (Zénith, nautical basin)



  • Water (creation and distribution of resources; management sometimes delegated to private firms)
  • Healthcare (vaccinations)


  • Household waste management
  • Pollution prevention (air, sound...)
  • Redevelopment and maintenance of riverbanks, protection of wetlands
  •  Rainwater Master Plan
  •  Inspection of non-collective sewerage facilities
  • Collective sewer system

Roads, urban development


  • Green spaces
  • Local services
  • Paths


  • Creation, maintenance and development of roads in the community interest
  • Connection of existing walking paths to the conurbation perimeter
  •  Master Plan, signposting and publication of a Limoges Métropole walking guide
  • Development of municipal space (SCOT)
  • Geographical information service

Economic action


  • Trade and crafts


  • Creation, development, maintenance and management of all economic development zones on the conurbation territory
  • Aid for the development of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies)
  • Actions related to tourism development