The basis for municipal self-administration is the Sächsische Gemeindeordnung, the Saxon municipalities ordinance. As a legal entity under public law, a municipality requires organs in order to be capable of functioning. According to the Sächsische Gemeindeordnung these are the district council (in Brandis the town council) and the mayor. Both of these are appointed in direct elections. The town council and the mayor do not differ in ranking, instead they deal with different tasks.
The right to municipal self-administration also provides authority to regulate all matters of the local community via statutes. The most important municipal statute is the main statute. This illustrates the constitution of the municipality and supplements municipal constitutional law. In the main statute of the town of Brandis, for example, it is stated which tasks are the responsibility of the mayor and town council, which committees need to be formed and what tasks are to be undertaken by the councils of the town's respective districts.