Legal Division could be introduces as one of the main areas within the scope of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government. Legal Division of the Ministry plays the key role in formulating legislation related to Local Governance as for today. The performance summary of Legal Division is undermentioned.

  • Last year, this division involved in calling proposals to amend Municipal Councils Ordinance, Urban Councils Ordinance and Pradeshiya Sabha Act, preparing reports by appointing committees consists of appropriate and required members.
  • Further, Legal Division is presently taking preliminary measures in formulating and giving legal certification for the laws related to empowering women representation within the Local Authorities and Provincial Councils. Legal Division has taken measures to get adopted the relevant legislation at the Parliament to increase the female representation in Local Authorities, submit the necessary bill to the Cabinet of Ministers to adopt a parliamentary Act certifying female representation within Provincial Councils, organize workshops on Women Empowerment in Politics jointly with the Sri Lanka Institute for Local Governance and initiated the inaugurating workshop from North Western Province in 2016 as initiatives to increase female representation in Local Authorities.
  • This division played a key role in enactment of laws related to prevention of difficulties faced by general public due to stray dogs that is a law relevant to public health and environment. This division formulated a mechanism and appointed a regulatory committee in this regard.
  • Quality local governance is a key function of this Ministry. Under this, legal Division compiled a code of conduct for the Members of Provincial Councils in 2016. Its English and Tamil translations have been completed by now and it would be referred to each provincial council after getting the approval of the cabinet of Ministers.
  • Further, legal division is taking measures to make a special amendment to the Pradeshiya Sabha Act in order to provide welfare for the estate workers. The draft amendment has been referred to the Department of Legal Draftsman for the certification of legal draftsman
  • Not receiving the court fines and stamp duty on transfer of lands to be levied to the Local Authorities is a long term problem faced by Local Authorities. Accordingly, this division submitted a Cabinet Memorandum in order to make laws to levy court fines and stamp duties to Local Authorities Immediately.
  • The active participation of this division in recognition of appropriate criteria for the Constitution of Local Authorities and taking measures to introduce a more transparent and systematic way for constitution and upgradation of Local Authorities in 2016 was of much importance.
  • This Ministry has observed that Urban Councils and Municipal Councils are not constituted systematically due to the absence of a methodology or policy regarding constitution of Local Authorities. Therefore, Hon. Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government appointed a committee of expertise persons on 25.05.2016 in order to decide national criteria to constitute new Local Authorities and upgrade present Local Authorities.

Scope of the Committee

  • To formulate a set of criteria in consideration of population, population density, Economic development level, income generation, administrative limits with geographical differences of administrative areas.
  • To obtain views of general public, people’s representatives and other governmental and non - governmental organizations to create new Local Authorities upgrade existing Local Authorities.

That committee had number of meetings and paid its consideration to views received as per the newspaper advertisements published to obtain public views on the criteria to be considered and the matters included in the Presidential Investigation Commission report on Local Governance of 1999 and the following criteria was taken into consideration.

  • Population and population density (for an area or 1km2 or less)
  • Number of houses and their density
  • Improvement of services and infrastructure (Water, roads, electricity, telephone, schools, hospitals and other government services)
  • Number of available commercial buildings
  • Percentage of population engaged in non-agricultural economic affairs.
  • Economic structure and the division of resources in the area
  • Regional importance (Historical / economic or other)
  • Revenue division of the

A marking scheme and a weighting method was prepared to measure said criteria and necessary information is based on the statistics of the Department of Census and Statistics. This criteria base was prepared by 31/12/201 and Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government has taken a policy decision to constitute Local Authorities based on said criteria..

Provincial Councils Statute

Draft Report of National Committee of Delimitation of wards of Local Authorities - 2022

Gazette Notification No. 2262/08 dated 10/01/2022 published based on the Extension of tenure of Local Government Institutions

Drafts on rules/regulations with regard to passing of the budget of the local authorities

Proposed Amendments to the Governing Legislation

Municipal Councils Ordinance (Chapter 252)

Urban Councils Ordinance (Chapter 255)

Pradeshiya Sabha Act, No. 15 of 1987

Proposed Amendments to the Model By-Laws

Model Standard by-Laws for Urban Councils

Model Standard by-Laws for Pradeshiya Sabhas


Invitation for Proposals for Amending Governing Legislation of Local Authorities

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Calling Suggestions for “Identification of Criteria on Constitution of Local Authorities In Sri Lanka”

Paper advertisement

The Committee for Reviewing Governing Legislation of Local Government for Legal Reforms has finalized the public hearing. They expect to submit the final report by 31st August 2016.
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A Cabinet Sub Committee has been appointed to examine the Local Authorities Elections Amendment Bill. The first meeting of the committee held on 01/08/2016. The committee decided to appoint a working group to consider the issues raised by political parties and general public related to the new electoral system.
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Gazette Notification of the Order of Establishing Polonnaruwa Municipal Council and Polonnaruwa Pradeshiya Sabha

Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) ACT, No. 17 OF 2017


(No. of members for each LA)

Orders under PRADESHIYA SABHAS ACT, No. 15 OF 1987 - Extraordinary Gazette No. 2043/57 - (THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2017) –

(New Local Authorities for Nuwara Eliya and Ambagamuwa)

Order to amend the date of commencement the office terms of Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas – Extraordinary Gazette No. 2061/4 – (MONDAY, MARCH 05, 2018)

Code of Conduct for Members of Provincial Council - Sinhala

මහජන සේවය සඳහා කැපවූ මහජන නියෝජිතයෙකුගෙන් අපේක්ෂිත මෙහෙවර ඒ ආකාරයෙන්ම ඔවුන් වෙත ලගා කර දීමේ අරමුණින් මෙම අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් පළාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් වෙනුවෙන් පළාත් සභාවන්ගේද එකගතාවය අනුව සකස් කරන ලද ආචාර ධර්ම පද්ධතියට පසුගියදා අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයේ අනුමැතිය ලැබී ඇත.

එකී ආචාර ධර්ම පද්ධතිය සඳහා වයඹ පළාත් සභාව හැර අනෙකුත් පළාත් සභා අටක එකගතාවය හිමිවී ඇති අතර, ඒ අනුව එම පළාත් සභාවල ඉදිරියේදී එකී ආචාර ධර්ම පද්ධතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක වනු ඇත. මෙරට පාලන තන්ත්‍රයේ දෙවන ස්ථරය ලෙස සැලකෙන පළාත් සභා වල මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකුගෙන් සිදුවිය යුතු මහජන සේවය යථා පරිදි ඉටු කිරීම සඳහා ඔවුන්ට මග පෙන්වනු ලබන මූලික ආචාර ධර්ම සමූහයකින් මෙම ආචාර ධර්ම පද්ධතිය පෝෂණය වී ඇත.

Regularization and expedition the receipt of Stamp Duty charged on court fines and disposition of lands to the local authorities

The provisions for payment the income to be received to the local authorities from the Stamp Duty for the certified deeds for disposition of lands and the court fines in the jurisdiction of the local authorities to the funds of such institutions have been included in Municipal Councils Ordinance, Urban Councils Ordinance and Pradeshiya Sabha Act.

However, in terms of 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the income such as the court fines and Stamp Duty on disposition of lands which are statutorily entitled to the local authorities have been indicated as a subject assigned to the provincial councils.

Those court fines and Stamp Duty on disposition of lands are key source of income of the local authorities and the Provincial Councils (Amended) draft bill on which the necessary laws have been drafted in order to avoid the difficulties faced by such institutions due to the above reason has been submitted to the Secretary to the President for forwarding to obtain the opinions of the provincial councils by His Excellency, the president in terms of Article 154G of the Constitution subsequent to publication in the Government Gazette. Such draft bill in trilingual has been indicated below.

Necessity for regularization and expedition the receipt of Stamp Duty charged on disposition of lands and the court fines to the local authorities

Programme of Second National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership (ORG) 2018/2020 , Commitment 08: Strengthen Committe system in pradeshiya Sabhas with Citizen Engagement

1st Worshop

Date   -  08th April 2019
Venue  - Ishara Reception Hall - Homagama
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 2nd Workshop

Date  - 07th June 2019
Venue - Winro Reception Hall in Kannanthuduwa , Millaniya
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 3rd Workshop

Date  -  9th July 2019
Venue  -  Madurawala Pradeshiya Sabha Reception Hall, Madurawala
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 4th Workshop

Date  -  30th July 2019
Venue  -  Gampaha Pradeshiya Sabhawa, Gampaha
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