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Legislative Enactments
Marginal Notes
1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Urban Councils Ordinance.
2. Power to declare towns and to define their administrative limits. [ 30, 48 of 1971]
3. Urban Council to be constituted for each town.
4. Functions of Urban Councils.
5. Composition of Urban Councils . [ 116, Law 24 of 1977] [8, 21 of 2012] [2, 21 of 2017]
7. First general election of members.
8. Arrangements preliminary to constitution of Urban Councils.
9. Commencement of term of office of Urban Councils and date of constitution of such Councils.
10. Term of office of members elected at the first and each subsequent general election.
11. Subsequent general elections.
12. Refusal, resignation or vacation of office. [9, 21 of 2012]
13. Section - 13
14. Power of Minister to vary limits of town and number of members, and to dissolve and replace Council. [ 122, Law 24 of 1977]
16. New Urban Council to be existing Council.
19. Chairman and Vice-chairman. [ 125, Law 24 of 1977] [10, 21 of 2012]
23. Chairman and Vice-Chairman to be Justices of the Peace and I. 'unofficial Magistrates.
24. Presidency at meetings.
25. Meetings of the council how and when convened.
26. Powers of Council to be vested in the majority Quorum.
27. Appointment, powers and duties of secretary.
28. Minutes of proceedings of council to be entered in a book.
29. Committees.
30. Acts of Council not to be invalidated, by vacancies absence of members.
31. Urban Council to be corporations.
32. Lands vested in Urban Council.
33. Method of vesting administration &c; of such lands.
34. Other property vested in the Council.
34A. Control and erection of monuments.[ 7, Law 4 of 1975]
34B. Naming of Public parks, &c; [ 9, Law 4 of 1975]
35. General duties.
36. General powers.[ 13,61 of 1981][ 4,13 of 1983][ 2, 48 of 1984][ 66, 39 of 1986][ 2,18 of 1987]
36A. Powers of the Minister in respect of commercial and industrial enterprises.[ 5,13 of 1983]
37. Power to authorize surveys.
38. Contracts [ 3,48 of 1984]
39. Consent of Council [ 129, Law 24 of 1977] [ 4,48 of 1984]
40. Advertisement for tenders [ 5,48 of 1984]
41. Acquisition of lands or buildings for general public purposes.
42. Compulsory acquisition lands and buildings.
43. Power of Urban Council to act as trustee for any public purpose.
44. Urban Council to be the general authority for thoroughfares and communications.
45. Every General powers of Council with thoroughfares and open spaces.
46. Thoroughfares vested in Urban Council.
47. Prescription.
48. Language of notices, and how served.
49. Control of roads and paths in charge of minor local authority.
50. Power of Urban Council to construct new, and improve existing, thoroughfares.
51. Acquisition of lands required for diversions or enlargements.
52. Gifts of land required for diversion or enlargement of thoroughfares.
53. Power to dispose of discontinued street.
54. Power to take land adjoining new street for building diverting, widening, opening, enlarging , or purposes.
55. Other powers of an Urban Council.
55A. Naming of streets[ 4, Law 4 of 1975]
56. Roads for benefit of individual property owners.
57. Power to construct and maintain tramways.
58. Agreement with promoters for construction of tram ways.
59. Public vehicular communications.
60. Houses in a ruinous and dangerous state.
61. Failure to comply with notice.
62. Sale of materials of ruinous houses.
63. Proper officers powered to repair, &c; of through fare.
64. Power to take materials.
65. Power to erect buildings keep cattle &c.
66. Power to throw rubbish upon adjacent lands.
67. Power to make temporary road.
68. Power to cut trees.
69. Power to put up fences.
70. Power to make and keep open ditches, &c; and to lay trunks, &c.
71. Power to lay stones, &c..
72. Notice of intended building along a thoroughfare. [ 6,48 of 1984]
73. Erection of temporary fences and inclosures [ 7,48 of 1984]
74. Building limits along roads.
75. Power of Minister to modify building limit.
76. Condition to be attached to all licences under section.
77. Power of Urban Council to deal with building, boundary wall or gateway erected or re-erected in contravention of Ordinance.
78. Principles of assessing compensation in respect of land developed by building.
79. Power of Urban Council to acquire adjacent land for owner of land within building limit.
80. Power to demand production of title deeds. [ 8,48 of 1984]
81. Demand of production of deed to include power of examination. [ 9,48 of 1984]
82. Power to make survey of premises.
83. Proof of right to apparent encroachment to rest upon the owner.
84. Removal of obstructions or encroachments.
85. Destroying milestone, bridge, &c. [ 10,48 of 1984]
86. Using new road for certain lime after making [ 11,48 of 1984]
87. Owner or occupier bound to have bridge, &c over drain leading to his house.
88. Allowing trees to grow in such a way as to injure thoroughfares [ 12,48 of 1984]
89. Damage to thoroughfare through clearing, draining, or opening up neighbouring land.
90. Offences. [ 13,48 of 1984]
91. Seizure of stray cattle. [ 14,48 of 1984]
92. Interference with cattle seizers or pig seizers [ 15,48 of 1984]
93. Power of Urban Council to authorize the user of public thoroughfares for special purposes.
94. Section - 94
95. Expenses caused by extraordinary traffic.
96. Powers conferred on officers in charge of public works by whom to be exercised.
97. Survey by proper officer lobe conclusive evidence.
98. Compensation for injury to properly by authorized officers.
99. Arbitration.
100. Officers and contractors leaving stones, thoroughfares by night. [ 16,48 of 1984]
101. Road officer or road contractor not liable to fine except in certain cases.
102. Police officers and grama seva niladharis to enforce provisions of this part.
103. Urban Council to be the public health authority.
104. Urban Council to make public drains.
105. Duty of Council to repair, alter, and discontinue drains
106. Penalty for making unauthorised drains into public drains. [ 17,48 of 1984]
107. Building over drains &c; not to be erected without consent of Urban Council.
108. General control of drains.
109. Obstruction of discharge of rain water and drainage [ 18,48 of 1984]
110. Duty of council as to latrine accommodation.
111. Council may order or cause additional latrines to be constructed.
112. Council may cause persons employing men to provide and maintain latrine or latrines, &c.
113. Neglecting to enclose private latrine. [ 19,48 of 1984]
114. General control of latrines.
115. Penalty for persons making or altering latrines, &c; contrary to the directions or by-laws of Urban Council [ 20,48 of 1984]
116. Inspection of latrines, &c.
117. Power of Urban Council to direct latrine or closure of cesspit. [ 21,48 of 1984]
118. Duty of Council as to conservancy and scavenging.
119. All refuse collection to be the properly of Council.
120. Places for disposal of refuse and keeping equipment.
121. Duty of council as to insanitary buildings.
122. Power of Council as to existing buildings.
123. Overcrowding of houses. [ 22,48 of 1984]
124. Power of Council to inspect and lime wash houses.
125. Houses or huts not to be built or roofed with cadjan without permission.
126. Inspection of nuisances.
127. Power to fill up unwholesome tanks on private Premises.
127A. Nuisance by child. [ 23,48 of 1984]
127B. Public bathing places. [ 23,48 of 1984]
127C. Pollution of streams which flow into reservoirs or waterworks.[ 23,48 of 1984]
127D. Pollution caused by Factories. [ 23,48 of 1984]
127E. Power of chairman of an Urban Council in regard to trees or branches, trunks or fruits of trees endangering the safety of person property. [ 23,48 of 1984]
128. Licensing of slaughterhouses.[ 14,61 of 1981]
128A. Closure order by Magistrate.[ 15,61 of 1981]
129. Power of Urban Council to establish and maintain public utility services.
130. Manner of defraying expenses of public utility services.
131. Supply to premises in adjacent areas.
132. General powers of Council.
133. Ratepayer entitled to free water supply from public stand-pipes for domestic purposes.
134. Meaning of domestic purposes.
135. Contract for private service.
136. Duty of Council as to markets.
137. Licensing of new private markets.
138. Licensing of existing private markets.
139. Licence to be annual and subject to stamp duty.
140. New private markets to conforms to prescribed standards.
141. Cleaning and avenging of markets.
142. New private markets to acquire no vested interests.
143. Power of Chairman to refuse new license.
144. Refusal of licences to existing private markets.
145. Special provisions with regard to markets established over thirty years.
146. Power to license market provisionally.
147. Compensation for discontinuance of private market.
148. Vesting of village markets in urban council.
149. Transfer of markets.
150. Power to suspend licence of private markets.
151. Penalty for keeping unauthorized market. [ 24,48 of 1984]
152. Market areas.
153. Power of Council to make by-laws.[ 16,61 of 1981]
153A. Power to compound offences.[ 17,61 of 1981]
154. Approval and publication of by-laws.
155. Supply of copies of by-laws.
156. By-laws to be subject to disallowance amendment.
157. Subjects of by-laws.[3, 5 of 1983]
158. Local fund and its constituents.
159. Application of local fund-[ 18,61 of 1981][ 25,48 of 1984][ 67, 39 of 1986][ 4,18 of 1987] [11, 21 of 2012]
159A. Ex gratia payment of pension, annuity, gratuity or retiring allowance. [2,7 of 1959]
159B. Power to establish gratuity scheme. [2,7 of 1959]
160. Power to impose and levy rates.[ 3,10 of 1981]
161. Exemption from rates.
162. Power of Council to impose taxes and licence duties.
163. Vehicles and animals tax. [13,42 of 1979]
164. Licence duty.
165. By-laws relating to taxes.
165A. Tax on certain trades. [ 15, 42 of 1979]
165AA. Determination of duty or tax where several trades are carried on. [9,20 of 1985]
165B. Tax on businesses and professions[ 15, 42 of 1979] [10,20 of 1985]
165C. Tax on undeveloped land. [ 15, 42 of 1979] [11,20 of 1985]
165D. Tax on certain sales of land, 19791] [ 71, 39 of 1986]
166. Assessment of rates and taxes.
167. Power of Chairman to require returns.
168. Power of Chairman to summon persons before him.
169. Chairman's Powers of inspection.
170. Recovery of rates and taxes.
170A. Recovery of payments due to the Urban Council. [ 28, 48 of 1971]
171. Waiver of sums due to the Council.
172. Assessment, &c; not to be impeached for want of form.
173. Power of Urban Council to borrow on the security of raise and taxes.
174. Limitation of borrowing powers.
174A. When Chairman may exercise powers of Council relating to raising of loans. [ 131, Law 24 of 1977]
175. Form of security, &c.
176. Books of accounts to be kept by council.
177. Preparation and publication of annual accounts.
178. Budget.
178A. Chairman's Powers with regard to budget [ 132, Law 24 of 1977] [12, 21 of 2012]
178B. "Transitional provision.[ 2, 35 of 2014]
179. Variation of expenditure proposed in budget [ 133, Law 24 of 1977]
180. Annual administration report.
181. Audit.
182. Recovery of surcharges.
183. Appeal and enforcement of surcharges, &c.
184. Removal of Chairman and dissolution of Urban Council.[ 134,24 of 1977] [13, 21 of 2012]
184A. Secretary to exercise powers of council, Chairman and vice chairman in certain cases.[ 14, 48 of 1983]
185. Inquiries.
186. Cost of inquiries and proceedings.
187. Power to make inquiry as to default in duty by urban Councils.
188. Power to give and enforce order requiring council to do necessary work.
189. Power to direct loan to be raised.
190. Power to certify expenses.
191. Power of Local Loans Commissioners to advance loan.
192. Recovery of principal and interest from the Council.
193. Power to make general rules of procedure.
194. Approval of rules.
195. Power to make recommendations as to policy.
196. Power to inspect hooks, &c; of Urban Councils.
197. Power of Commissioner and authorized officers.
198. Annual report of commissioner on affairs of each urban Council.
199. Annual budgets to Commissioner.
200. Power to exercise control over budget of Urban Council.
201. Annual report.
202. Determination of disputes.
203. Power to extend time, &c.
204. Delegation of powers to Commissioner.
205. Power of Urban Council on default made by owner or occupier to execute works and recover expenses.
206. Power to levy charges on occupier, who same from his rent.
207. Occupiers not to be liable to more than the amount of rent due.
208. Occupier in default of owner may excuse works and deduct expenses from rent.
209. Obstruction by occupiers.[ 30,48 of 1984]
209A. Payment of incentives.[ 19,61 of 1981]
210. Remedy if neither the owner nor occupier pays expenses.
211. Determination of recovery of damages costs, &c.
212. Recovery of damages, &c;.
213. Recovery of expenses on account of improvement to private property.
214. Council may make compensation out of local fund.
215. Determination and payment of compensation.
216. Service of nobles.
217. Notices may be given or received by secretary or any other officer authorized thereunto.
218. Offences to be tried by Magistrate.
219. Limitation of prosecutions. [ 31,48 of 1984]
220. No action to be instituted against Council until after one month's notice, nor after six cause of action.
221. Protection of council and Its officers.
222. Relief against formalities.
223. Delegation of powers of Chairman to officers of Council.
224. Power of Council to grant general authorities to its officers.
225. Punishment for obstructing officers of Council. [ 32,48 of 1984]
226. Penalty for misuse of power by officers of Council. [ 33,48 of 1984]
227. Officers and servants of Council not to be interested in contracts.
228. Officers and servants of Urban Council to be public servants.
229. Repealed by [ 35,48 of 1984]
230. Repeal.
231. Construction and application laws.
232. No further roads to be constructed under Branch Roads Ordinance or Estate Roads Ordinance.
233. Adaptation of Branch Roads Ordinance and Estate Roads Ordinance.
234. On imposition of new taxation, contributions under Estate and Branch Roads Ordinances to cease.
235. Consequences of imposition of new tax in areas under operation of Village Councils Ordinance.
236. Urban Councils to be local authorities.
237. Ordinance Saving for existing securities and discharge of debts.
238. Proclamations, orders, rules, notifications continued in force.
239. Saving for pending actions, contracts &c.
240. Officers and servants.
241. Adjustment of salaries, &c;.
242. Power of authorized Urban Council to apply retrospectively by-laws for the grant of pensions, &c; to dependants of deceased officers or servants.
243. Abolition of offices.
244. Rates and assessments.
245. Equitable adjustment of property, debts, &c, on transfer.
247. Adjustment of questions not provided for.
248. Power to exclude application of specified provisions of Ordinance within specified limits.
249. Interpretation. [14, 21 of 2012]