The Town & Country Planning (Amendment) Act, No. 49 of 2000 was approved unanimously by the Parliament of Sri Lanka on 9th August 2000 and received the official sanction over establishing of National Physical Planning Department to replace the former Town & Country Planning Department. Having taken necessary administrative steps required by this amendment the new National Physical Planning Department (NPPD) was formerly established and inaugurated by the Ministry of Urban Development, Construction and Public Utilities on 21st May 2001. It's purpose was, as specifically stated in the preamble to the Act,
To authorize the formulation and implementation of a national physical planning policy; the making and implementation of a national physical plan with the object of promoting and regulating integrated planning of economic, social, physical and environmental aspects of land in Sri Lanka; to provide for the protection of natural amenities, the conservation of natural environment, buildings of architectural and historic interest and places of natural beauty; to facilitate the acquisition of land for the purpose of giving effect to such plan and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the matters aforesaid
To formulate national physical policies, plans and strategies and to ensure and monitor the implementation of such national policies and plans through regional and local plans with the object of promoting and regulating integrated planning of economic, social, physical and environmental aspects of land and territorial waters of Sri Lanka.
Formulation of a national physical planning policy.
Formulation of implementation strategy for national physical plan.
Preparation of a national physical plan.
Preparation of physical planning guidelines to be adopted by regional or local physical planning authorities.
Making recommendations to Inter-Ministerial Co-Coordinating Committee on plans in accordance with national physical planning policy for submission to National Physical Planning Council.
Reviewing periodically the national physical planning policy, national physical plan and national physical planning strategy and recommend to the Inter-Ministerial Co-Coordinating Committee change in such policy, plan and strategy.