Until 1 January 2007, Dronninglund was also a municipality (Danish, kommune) in North Jutland County. The municipality covered an area of 316 km², and had a total population of 15,213 (2005). Its last mayor was Mikael Klitgaard, a member of the Venstre (Liberal Party) political party.
Dronninglund municipality ceased to exist as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It was merged with Brønderslev municipality to form the new Brønderslev Municipality. This created a municipality with an area of 630 km² and a total population of 35,320 (2005).