The Sub-commission of Place Names was established on 1 October 2002 when the foundation was laid for a new stage of the national cartography, namely, when place names in the Latvian were being reintroduced to the maps of Latvia. Shortly afterwards, the land reform started. The Sub-commission of Place Names provided opinions on the use of place names in cartographical publications and official texts, as well as on the preservation, restoration and allocation of place-names.