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of October 12, 2011 No. ZRU-303

About names of geographical objects

Accepted by Legislative house on March 4, 2011

Approved by the Senate on August 26, 2011

(as amended on 16-08-2021)

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Purpose and scope of this Law

The purpose of this Law is regulation of the relations in the field of names of geographical objects.

Operation of this Law extends also to names of the geographical objects which are outside the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan regarding their use in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Article 2. Legislation on names of geographical objects

The legislation on names of geographical objects consists of this Law and other acts of the legislation.

If the international treaty of the Republic of Uzbekistan establishes other rules, than those which are stipulated by the legislation the Republic of Uzbekistan about names of geographical objects then are applied rules of the international treaty.

Article 3. Basic concepts

In this Law the following basic concepts are applied:

geographical objects - complete and rather steady formations of Earth of natural or artificial origin which exist or existed in the past and are characterized by certain location. Treat them: administrative and territorial units (areas, areas, cities, settlements, kishlaks, auls); settlements and their components (waved, avenues, streets, squares, parks, squares); objects of transport and technical infrastructure (railway stations, bus stations, stations of the subway, stations, airports, ports, piers, bridges, traveling, roads, canals, water storage basins, dikes, dams); natural objects (the rivers, lakes, glaciers, plains, mountains, ridges, caves, deserts, valleys, gorges, the protected natural territories, natural boundaries, mineral deposits) and other similar it objects;

names of geographical objects - own names of geographical objects which are used for their difference and recognition;

establishment of the name of geographical object - detection of the name of geographical object for the purpose of its further normalization;

normalization of the name of geographical object - the choice of the most used and acceptable name of geographical object, determination and approval of form of writing of this name;

renaming of geographical object - change of the existing name of geographical object in the cases and procedure established by this Law;

specially authorized state body in the field of names of geographical objects - the Agency according to the inventory under the State Tax Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan (further - the Agency according to the inventory);

state examination of offers on assignment of names and renaming of geographical objects - complex of the toponymic, ethnographic, linguistic, cartographical and other researches conducted by the Agency according to the inventory and directed to establishment of compliance of offers on assignment of names and renaming of geographical objects to requirements of the legislation.

Article 4. Requirements to names of geographical objects

The name appropriated to geographical object shall:

reflect the most characteristic signs of geographical object;

fit into the existing system of names of geographical objects of the same area on which this geographical object is located;

consider opinion of local population;

consist, as a rule, no more than of three words;

conform to requirements of part two of article 6 of this Law.

Assignment to areas, areas, the cities, settlements, kishlaks, auls, settlements of names of people, and also assignment of names by it in honor of historical events, as a rule, is not allowed.

Assignment to streets, avenues, makhallyam, to squares, parks and other components of settlements of names of certain people, social and political figures, as a rule, is not allowed, except for the persons who scarred in the history of Uzbekistan.

Names are appropriated to geographical objects which are created by competent authorities of the government and management by the relevant acts of their education according to requirements of this Law.

Names of administrative and territorial units, as a rule, shall be derivative of the name of their administrative centers, the geographical or historical name of that part of the territory where they are located.

Names of objects of transport and technical infrastructure, including the airports, stations, ports, piers, traveling, railway stations and other objects, as a rule, shall be derivative of names of settlements or their components, other geographical objects near which they are located.

Assignment of the same name is not allowed:

to areas, areas, the cities within the Republic of Uzbekistan;

to settlements, kishlaks, auls within the Republic of Karakalpakstan, area;

to several uniform geographical objects within one area, the city or the settlement.

Article 5. Requirements to renaming of geographical objects

Renaming of geographical objects is allowed in cases:

essential change of purpose of geographical object;

need of recovery of historical names of separate geographical objects;

if geographical object is designated by abbreviation, number or the phrase which do not conform to requirements of the legislation on names of geographical objects;

need of assignment to geographical objects of names of the people provided by part three of article 4 of this Law;

availability of identical names of the geographical objects provided by part seven of article 4 of this Law.

Article 6. Establishment of names of geographical objects

Names of geographical objects are established during mapping of the territory, carrying out toponymic researches, and also by preparation of offers on assignment of names and renaming of geographical objects on basis:

documents of relevant organs of the government and management, self-government institutions of citizens, companies, organizations and organizations;

this official cartographical and reference media, statistical, archival, historical and other sources;

polls among local population, and also local historians, geographers, historians and other experts.

In case of establishment of names of geographical objects:

geographical, historical, national, ethnic, language and other peculiarities of life of local population are considered;

the misleading similarity of names of geographical objects, scornful values, incompatibility of these names with history, traditions and culture of the people of Uzbekistan are excluded.

Chapter 2. Powers and functions of state bodies on assignment of names and renaming of geographical objects


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