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PART – XIX Punjab Local Governments (Appeal) Rules, 2017



07th February 2017


NO.SOV(LG)5-1/2002. In exercise of the powers conferred upon him under section

144 of the Punjab Local Government Act, 2013 (XVIII of 2013) and after previous publication, the Governor of the Punjab is pleased to make the following rules-

1.         Short title, commencement and application. – (1) These rules may be called the Punjab Local Governments (Appeal) Rules, 2017.

(2) They shall come into force at once.

(3) These rules shall apply to all the local governments except District Education Authorities and District Health Authorities.

2.         Definitions:- (1) In these rules:

  1. “Act” means the Punjab Local Government Act 2013 (XVIII of 2013)
  2. “appellate authority” means the appellate authority specified in column 3 of Schedule-I and column 3 of Schedule-II;
  3. “authority” means the authority specified in column 2 of Schedule-I and column 2 of Schedule-II;
  4. “Government” means Government of the Punjab;
  5. “registrar of appeals” means the registrar prescribed in Schedule –III;
  6. “rules” means the Punjab Local Governments (Appeal) Rules, 2017
  7. “schedule” means the Schedule appended to these rules.

            (2)   An expression used but not defined in the rules shall have the same meaning as is assigned to it in the Act.

3.         Saving.- Nothing in these rules shall apply to the matters arising from the terms and conditions of service of the employees of the local governments.

4.         Appellate Authority.- (1)Except as otherwise provided in the Act or the rules framed thereunder an appeal from an order of the authority shall lie to the appellate authority within thirty days from the receipt of the order of the authority.

(2) The appeal may be filed by the appellant either personally or through his authorized agent.

(3) Every petition of appeal shall:

(a) be in writing;

(b) set forth concisely the grounds of objections;

(c) contain all material statements and arguments relied upon by the appellant;

(d) have no disrespectful or improper language;

(e) be signed and verified by the appellant; and

(f) be accompanied- by a certified copy of the order appealed against.

(4) Every appeal shall be entered in the Register of Appeals.

(5) No order, revising or modifying an order adversely affecting any person under these rules, shall be passed without giving such person a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

(6) The appellate authority, before deciding the appeal, may call for the record of any case or proceedings under the Act in which a authority within its jurisdiction has passed an order for purposes of satisfying itself as to the correctness, legality, propriety of such


(7) The appellate authority shall dispose of the appeal promptly but not later than ninety days through a speaking order.

(8) The appellate authority may, if the circumstances so justify, issue an interim order to stay the execution proceedings.

(9) The decision of the appeal shall, be communicated to the appellant and the authority.

(10) The decision of the appeal shall be given effect immediately on its receipt.

6.         Transfer of appeals. – The Government, on its own motion or on the application of a party, transfer in public interest an appeal from an appellate authority to any other officer of higher or equivalent status as that of the appellate authority and such other person shall exercise all the powers of the appellate authority for purpose of the appeal.

7.         Disposal of pending appeals.- All pending appeals on the commencement of these rules, under the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 2001 and Punjab Local Government (Appeal) Rules, 2002 shall be heard and decided by the appellate authority.

8.         Repeal.- The Punjab Local Government (Appeal) Rules, 2002 is hereby repealed.


[see rule 2(b) and rule 4]

1.Mayor Metropolitan Corporation or Municipal CorporationDivisional Commissioner concerned
2.Chairman District CouncilDivisional Commissioner concerned
3.Chairman Municipal CommitteeHead of District Administration concerned
4.Chairman Union CouncilAssistant Commissioner concerned
5.Chief Officer of a local governmentMayor or Chairman of local government concerned
6.Head of Municipal OfficesChief Officer concerned


[see rule 2(b) and rule 7]

1.Administrative SecretariesAdministrative Secretary concerned
2.District Coordination OfficerHead of District Administration concerned

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