Hon. Prasanna Ranatunga
 Minister of Urban   Development   and  Housing  



   Hon. Thenuka Vidanagamage
  State Minister of Urban Development and Housing

11  Hon. Arundika Fernando
 State Minister of Urban Development and Housing



Mr. W.S. Sathyananda
 Ministry of Urban Development and Housing







State Ministries

The Anuradhapura Conservation Ordinance, established in 1942, can be considered as the first legal cover presented for the preparation and implementation of plans for any identified area within Sri Lanka; it is probably the first legislation to protect a historic site in the world. Architect/Planner Oliver Weerasinghe who was entrusted with the preparation of the Preservation Plan was appointed as the first Government Town Planner in the Department of Town and Country Planning that was established by the Town and Country Planning Ordinance No. 13 of 1946

history01The first task of the department was to finalize the Anuradhapura Preservation Plan. The Plan consisted of two parts, the Sacred Area and the New Town.

Other Plans made at the early stage was

  • Colombo Master Plan (with Patrick Abercrombie)
  • Polonnaruwa New Town Plan
  • Kandy Regional Plan covering Peradeniya University area.


It is worth mentioning here that the government allocated Rs. 170 million in 1986 for the Anuradhapura Sacred Area Plan. The allocation which was given up to the year 2002 was used to resettle about 1500 families who were living in the sacred city in a settlement called Devanampiyatissapura. Accordingly, the area called Kurunegala Junction was completely cleared for Sacred City activities.In addition, plans were prepared and implemented for Mahiyanganaya, Dambulla, Kataragama, Seruwawila, Devinuwara, Kelaniya, Muthiyanganaya, Tholuwila, Munneshwaram and other sacred areas.

This Ordinance also empowered the Department to declare or assist in the designation of any area as an Urban Development Area.

Accordingly, town planning was carried out throughout the country, not only in the cities around the sacred areas, but also in schemes such as the Maligawatta Housing Scheme and for the community buildings required for small towns.

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In 1972, the government instructed the Department to prepare a plan for Colombo and its suburbs using UNDP assistance. Accordingly, a special Division called Colombo Master Plan was established in the department. The Urban Development Authority was established in 1978 to implement the above plan prepared by the Department. In addition to Colombo, all Municipal Councils and Urban Councils were declared by the Urban Development Authority and some areas outside those were declared as urban development areas. 

Accordingly, the role of the Department from 1980 to 2000 was confined to the following

  • To provide necessary instructions for the preparation and implementation of town plans and building plans for small towns not declared by the Urban Development Authority.
  • Planning, construction and supervision of Gamudawa exhibition grounds
  • Preparation of Sacred City Plans and implementation of those plans with the financial assistance provided by the Government.

As per the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force appointed on Housing and Urban Development, the Town and Country Planning Ordinance was amended in 2000 to allow the Government to formulate a National Physical Plan as the Government understood the significance of formulation of a National Physical Plan.

The 1946 Ordinance included a clause that required the formulation of a National Land Use Policy to cover the whole country, but the provisions of the 2000 Act were enacted to provide for a legal process for the formulation of National Physical Plans. However, most of the other functions of the Ordinance remain intact. The biggest work the Department has done since 2000 is to prepare the National Physical Plan (2007) and a revision thereof (2019) In addition to that several Regional Physical Plans and many Local Physical Plans were prepared.


Director General

DG Mr. Ruchira Withana

Mr. W.T.H. Ruchira Withana
Director General





Ms. R. M. Darshana Ranasinghe
Director (Administration)



Ms. G.P.Y Kumari

(Duty Covering)
Director (Finance)


adg Eng. Mr. C.Kularathne
Director (Engineering)
dir arch Archt. Mr. Thilak Rathnayeke
Director (Architecture)






Mr. V. Sudakaran
Chief Internal Auditor


Deputy / Assistant Directors

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 Archt. Mr. Gihan Chandrathilake
Deputy Director(Architecture)


 ad priyani Archt. Ms. Priyani Athuraliya
Assistant Director(Architecture)


Ms.W.N.Shiromi Perera
Legal Officer

 ad_apsara.jpg  Ms. M.G.A.S Ranasinghe
Chief Inspector (SLTS Supra)

Planning Team

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 Plnr.(Dr.) Mr. D.S.N.Samaratunge

Plnr. Ms. A.U.Jayawardhane
Ms. Ajantha Dissanayake Plnr. Ms. B.C.K.Wickramasinghe
 plnr nilika  Plnr. Ms. A.P.N.Nalika Batuwaththe    
neel Mr. G.M.N.S.Gajanayake chamila Plnr. Ms. H.L.Chamila
janitha Plnr. Ms. J.R.W.Ponnamperuma plnr jayanayake Plnr. Ms. K.A.I.T.Jayanayake
plnr shanika Plnr. Ms. L.H Shanika Dilhani  plnr upesha  Plnr. Ms. Upekha.D.Kottege
plnr lasantha Plnr. Mr. W.L.R. Amarathunge plnr gayani Plnr. Ms. M.D.G.M. Siriwardhana
 plnr sonali  Plnr. Ms. U.L.D.Sonali Dilanka plnr nawodya Plnr. Ms. N.M.N.G.Nawarathne
plnr nilani Plnr. Ms. Nilani Edirisinghe plnr nuwanthi Plnr. Ms. Nuwanthika Ranaweera
Plnr. Ms. P.M.K.R.Aberathna    
Plnr. Ms. R.M.N.M.Rajapaksha  plnr thushani Plnr. Ms. Witharana Thushani

Other Staff

Administrative Officer 

Information and Communication Technology Officer
 dilan  Mr. K.L.D.R.I.Dilhan
(Sri Lanka Technical Service)
(Sri Lanka Technical Service – Class I)
Ms. K.D.H.Dhammika Nayana De Silva
(Sri Lanka Technical Service – Class I)
Ms. S.H.Pathumsa Lakmali
alwis Ms.A.R.K. Alwis


Mr. R.A.D.C.De Alwis
Inspector (SLTS)

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Ms. N. L. Wickramarathne
Inspector (SLTS)

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The National Physical Planning Department (NPPD) is the successor to the Town and Country Planning Department, which was established under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Ordinance No.13 of 1946. The amendment to the Ordinance by Act No.49 of 2000 amplified the scope of the provision in the original enactment to formulate a National Physical Planning Policy and prepare the National Physical Plan. The change of the title of the Department came in this light. Since the year 2000 the main activities of the Department revolved around the National Level Planning and the Regional and Local Level Plans based on the National Physical Plan. The Department also continued with the residual activities of the former Town and Country Planning Department particularly in Sacred Area Planning and development activities.

An analysis of the Act read in conjunction with the Urban Development Authority Law (amendment of 2000) indicates that the Department is accountable for the planning of the whole country at National, Regional and Local levels whereas it is directly responsible for "Physical Planning' at National Level. It is also responsible to arrange planning at regional level (through the Regional Planning Committees) and local level (through Chairmen of Local Authorities and the Urban Development Authority).


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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.


  • To formulate a National Physical Planning Policy
  • To prepare a National Physical Plan
  • To prepare Physical Planning Guidelines to be adopted by the Regional or Local Physical Planning Authorities.
  • To prepare any Regional or Local Physical Plan where the Regional or Local Planning Authority fails in, or on requests.
  • To assist Provincial Councils in the preparation of Regional Physical Plans
  • To make recommendations to the Inter Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Physical Plans
  • To review and examine, periodically the National Physical Planning Policy, Plan and the Strategies in Operation
  • To monitor the implementation of the National Physical Plan
  • To assist the Council and the Inter Ministerial Coordinating Committee in all activities

The following are the six key tasks that the Department is obliged to engage as per the provisions of the Act, and have become timely engagements:

  • Amendments to the National Physical Planning Policy and the Plan
  • Amendment and the Preparation of Regional / Provincial Physical Plans
  • Updating, Preparation and Implementation of Plans for Small Towns
  • Preparation and Implementation of Development Plans for areas that are of National Significance
  • Updating and Implementation of Development Plans for Sacred Areas
  • Technical Assistance for Physical Developments of Religious Places and Institutions