The breadth of the Department’s mandate, and the need to address municipal service delivery issues that are both complex and changing, requires that we continue to develop as a responsive and agile organisation. In line with the public service modernisation principles, the Department has been pursuing an extensive programme of modernisation and change. This has included a range of core public service delivery mechanisms, institutional development of local government institutions, human resource capacity development and enablement of e-governance initiatives to continue providing improved services to the citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This ongoing pursuit of the modernisation programme will be key to ensuring that we continue to develop as a flexible and responsive organisation, working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in delivering on our mandate.

In result of the enactment of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2013, a three-tier local government system has come into presence.


District Council

Every district of the province will have a district council constituted by general seats, seats reserved for women, peasants/workers, youth and non-Muslims as prescribed under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2013. A summary of the key roles and functions of a district council entails:

  • Approving short and long term development plans and annual budgetary proposals of district government
  • Electing Standing Committee of the district council for each office of district government to oversee administrative matters and service delivery obligations
  • Reporting on efficiency, responsiveness, quality and performance of service delivery for progress review
  • Examining tax proposals, budget plans, re-appropriations and supplementary grants by instituting a Finance Committee of the district council
  • Scrutinise accounts showing appropriations of funds granted by the district council through District Accounts Committee
  • Considering matters regarding standard operating procedures to ensure smooth implementation by electing a Committee on Conduct of Business
  • Constituting joint committees of village and neighbourhood councils for overseeing working of district government and municipal administration offices
  • Making recommendations for enhancement of care for disabled, disadvantaged and marginalised segments
  • Reviewing reports presented by the Nazim District Council and consider recommendations of District Accounts Committee
  • Approving master, zoning and land use plans, including classification and reclassification of land, environment control, urban design, urban renewal and ecological balances
  • Evaluating implementation of rules and bye-laws governing housing, markets, zoning, environment, roads, traffic, tax, infrastructure and public utilities
  • Sanctioning proposals for public transport and mass transit systems, construction of express ways, flyovers, bridges, roads, under passes and inter-town streets
  • Reviewing development of integrated system of water reservoirs, water sources, treatment plants, liquid and solid waste disposal, sanitation and other municipal services

Tehsil Municipal Administration

Every tehsil will have a tehsil municipal administration consisting of the tehsil council, tehsil municipal officer, municipal officers and other officials of the local council service. The Executive Authority of tehsil municipal administration shall vest in the Nazim Tehsil Council who is responsible to ensure that the business of tehsil municipal administration is carried out in accordance with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2013. A brief of the key roles and functions of a tehsil municipal administration includes:

  • Monitoring and supervising the performance of government offices located in the tehsil and hold them accountable by reporting to the district government
  • Preparing spatial plans for the tehsil including plans for land use and disseminate these plans for public enquiry
  • Executing and managing development plans for improvement of municipal and infrastructure services
  • Enforcing laws, rules and bye-laws to ensure efficient and quality delivery of municipal services (anti-encroachment drives, affixing of sign-boards, etc)
  • Exercising control over land development by public and private sectors for agriculture, industry, commerce, residence, recreation, entertainment, transport, etc
  • Maintaining data base and information system on services in the tehsil and provide public access to it on nominal charges
  • Collecting taxes, fines and penalties provided under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2013
  • Organising sports events, cultural fairs, recreational carnivals, leisure activities, cattle markets
  • Coordinating and supporting municipal functions amongst village and neighbourhood councils
  • Regulating markets, issuing licenses, granting permissions as well as imposing penalties against violations
  • Developing and managing schemes, including site development, in collaboration with district government
  • Formulating strategies for infrastructure development, improvement in delivery of services and implementation of laws
  • Preparing and presenting reports on the performance of municipal administration in tehsil council at least twice a year
  • Calling for quarterly reports from tehsil based offices of government, presenting them to tehsil council and forwarding them to district government

Village and Neighbourhood Council

Every village council and neighbourhood council shall comprise of ten to fifteen following members:

  1. Five to ten members, determined on the basis of population, elected to general seats
  2. Two members elected to seats reserved for women
  3. One member elected to seat reserved for peasants and workers
  4. One member elected to seat reserved for youth
  5. One member elected to seat reserved for non-Muslims

Candidates securing highest and second highest number of votes in the election to the general seats of the village council or the neighbourhood council shall respectively be elected as the Nazim and Naib Nazim of the village council or the neighbourhood council.

The key functions of village council and neighbourhood council involve:

  • Monitoring and supervising the performance of functionaries of all government offices located in the area of the respective village council or neighbourhood council, including education, health, public health engineering, agriculture, livestock, police and revenue
  • Providing effective forum for out-of-court amicable settlement of disputes by constituting panels of members as conciliators
  • Registering births, deaths and marriages within the jurisdiction of the respective village council and neighbourhood council
  • Improving water supply sources, maintaining water supply distribution system and taking measures to prevent contamination of water
  • Maintaining village level infrastructure, including footpaths, tracks, streets and abating nuisances and encroachments in public ways, public streets and public places
  • Maintaining and improving collective property including community playgrounds, communal graveyards, funeral places, public open spaces and community centers
  • Identifying development needs of the area for use by municipal administration and district government in prioritising development plans
  • Planning and implementing arrangements for sanitation, cleanliness, drainage and sewerage system
  • Mobilising community for maintaining streets, culverts, bridges and buildings
  • Promoting plantation of trees, landscaping and beautification of public places
  • Regulating grazing areas, establishing cattle ponds and providing protection against stray animals
  • Reviewing and approving annual budget presented by the respective Nazim Village Council or Neighbourhood Council
  • Facilitating the formation of cooperatives for improving economic returns and reduction of poverty
  • Electing an Accounts Committee and reviewing its recommendations on the annual statement of accounts and audit reports