Labour kept control of Sunderland, and four councils on Tyneside.
The Conservatives narrowly won the majority in North Yorkshire with a result that was much tighter than expected.
Hartlepool remains under no overall control, while the Liberal Democrats and Green Party made some gains elsewhere in the North East.
Sunderland - Labour hold
Labour kept control of Sunderland City Council, as they have done since the authority was formed in 1974.
Their majority was under threat after significant losses in recent years, but they lost just one seat at this election.
Labour's council leader Graeme Miller held onto his seat in Washington South after a strong Conservative challenge.
The Liberal Democrats gained further ground.
Labour 41 (-1)
Conservative 18 (-1)
Liberal Democrats 14 (+2)
Independent 1 (0 - no change)
The election in the Copt Hill ward, near Houghton-le-Spring, was postponed after the death of a candidate.
Labour will be defending the seat.
Graeme Miller, Labour Leader of Sunderland City Council
Anthony Mullen, Leader of Sunderland Conservatives
North Yorkshire - Conservative hold
The Conservatives just about secured a majority in North Yorkshire, with a result that was much tighter than expected.
The newly-elected councillors will serve for 11 months on North Yorkshire County Council, then for four years on the new unitary authority, which will take over from the existing county and district councils in April 2023.
Liberal Democrat 12
Hartlepool - no overall control
Hartlepool Borough Council remains under no overall control, with the Conservatives strengthening their position as the largest party.
They are likely to continue to run the council in coalition with the Hartlepool Independent Union.
Conservative 15 (+2)
Labour 11 (0)
Independent 10 (-2)
Ray Martin-Wells, President Hartlepool Conservative Association
Gateshead - Labour hold
Labour still have a large majority on Gateshead Council, with the Liberal Democrats gaining a little bit of ground.
- Labour 51 (-1)
- Liberal Democrats 15 (+2)
- Independent 0 (-1)
Newcastle - Labour hold
Labour comfortably held onto control of Newcastle City Council, with very few seats changing hands.
Nick Kemp is taking over from Nick Forbes as the council leader, after the latter was deselected in his ward.
Labour 51 (-1)
Liberal Democrats 21 (+1)
Independent 6 (0)
North Tyneside - Labour hold
Labour maintained their resounding majority on North Tyneside Council.
They and the Conservatives swapped one seat each.
Labour 51 (0)
Conservative 9 (0)
South Tyneside - Labour hold
Labour kept hold of their big majority on South Tyneside Council, though lost four seats.
The Green Party continued to build their presence.
Labour 41 (-4)
Green 6 (+3)
Independent 6 (+2)
Conservative 1 (-1)