A local unit for authoritarian control is an integral part of a state’s centralized power structure. It is the administrative and intellectual body that oversees the implementation of decisions made by the central authority and publicist general directives. Despite the integration of functions of central and local authorities, there is a distinctiveness of historical, natural, strategic, economic and human resources for each region in Morocco. This makes generalizations about a "local authority" difficult. This article studies the patterns of local authority regimentation found in northern Morocco from the eighth century to the era of Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672- 1727). It attempts to highlight some of the patterns which demonstrate the ways in which centralized power is manifested through "local authorities" across Morocco.