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Information on Cyprus Municipalities

Kakopetria Village                                                      Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The establishment and operation of municipalities in Cyprus is governed by the Municipal Law, approved in October 1985 (N. 111/85) to replace existing legislation. The Law provided for the establishment of new municipalities. According to this Law, any community may become a municipality by local referendum, subject to the approval of the Council of Ministers, provided it has either a population of more than 5.000, or has the economic resources to function as a municipality.

Since the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the subsequent occupation of the northern part of Cyprus by Turkey, nine municipalities, although still maintaining their legal status, have been temporarily relocated to the free areas.

The corporate structure of municipalities is defined by the 1985 comprehensive Law. Mayors are elected directly by the citizens on a separate ballot, for a term of five years and are the executive authority of the municipalities. The Mayor represents the municipality in a court of Law and before any state authority, and presides over all Council meetings, Administrative Committee meetings and any other municipal committee. He executes the Council’s decisions and heads all municipal services which he directs and supervises.

Municipal councils, which are the policy-making bodies of the municipalities, are elected directly by the citizens for a term of five years, but separately from the Mayor. The Council appoints the members of the Administrative Committee. The latter’s duties include the preparation of the municipality’s budgets and annual financial statements, the provision of assistance and advice to the Mayor in the execution of his duties, coordination of the work of other committees appointed by the Council and the carrying out of any other duties entrusted to it by the Council or the Mayor. The Council may also set up ad-hoc or standing committees which have an advisory role.

The principal positions and offices in a municipality are also specified in the relevant legislation and these are the positions of the Municipal Secretary, the Municipal Engineer, the Treasurer and the Health Officer. Additional positions may be created where a need arises.

According to the Law, the main responsibilities of municipalities are the construction, maintenance and lighting of streets, the collection, disposal and treatment of waste, the protection and improvement of the environment and the good appearance of the municipal areas, the construction, development and maintenance of municipal gardens and parks and the protection of public health. The Municipal Council has the authority to promote, depending on its finances, a vast range of activities and events including the arts, education, sport and social services. In addition to the Municipalities Law, there are several laws giving municipalities important powers other than those already mentioned. Such laws are the Streets and Buildings Regulation Law, the Town Planning Law, the Civil Marriages Law and the Sewerage Systems Law.

The main sources of revenue of municipalities are municipal taxes, fees and duties (professional tax, immovable property tax, hotel accommodation tax, fees for issuing permits and licences, fees for refuse collection, fines, etc.), as well as state subsidies. Taxes, duties and fees represent the major source of revenue while state grants and subsidies amount to only a small percentage of the income. The central government, however, usually finances major infrastructure projects undertaken by the municipalities, but this is dependent very much on each individual project. The yearly budgets of the municipalities are submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval and their accounts are audited annually by the Auditor General of the Republic. Municipal loans also need to be approved by the Council of Ministers.

Contact details for Cyprus municipalities are listed below:

Agia Napa, PO Box 30026, 5340 Agia Napa  00357 23 816 300

Aglantzia, PO Box 20259, 2150 Aglantzia  00357 22 462 233

Akanthou, PO Box 40561, 6305 Larnaca  00357 24 623 566

Aradippou, PO Box 45024, 7110 Aradippou  00357 24 811 086

Athienou, 2 Archiepiskopou Makarios 111 Avenue, 7600 Athienou  00357 24 811 370

Ayios Athanasios, 42 Stavraetou Machera Street, 4104 Ayios Athanasios  00357 25 724 135

Ayios Dhometios, PO Box 27531, 2430 Ayios Dhometios  00357 22 392 000

Deryneia, PO Box 36001, 5385 Deryneia  00357 23 811 000

Dromolaxia - Meneou, Eleftherias 10, 7020 Dromolaxia, Larnaca

Engomi, 3 Erexthiou Street, PO Box 27504, 2430 Engomi  00357 22 453 800

Famagusta, P.O.Box 51682, 3507 Limassol 00357 25 384 073

Geroskipou, P.O.Box 63015, 8210 Geroskipou  00357 26 962 324

Idalion, 20a Gr. Digeni Street, P.O.Box 11025, 2540 Idalion  00357 22 444 888

Ipsonas, Archiepiskopou Makariou 111 Avenue, 4181 Ipsonas, Limassol  00357 25 390 643

Karavas, 2 Miltou Street, 2028 Strovolos, Nicosia  00357 22 516 937

Kato Polemidia, 128 Panayis Evagelistrias Street, 4156 Kato Polemidia  00357 25 821 382

Kyrenia, P.O.Box 25572, 1310 Nicosia  00357 22 818 040

Kythrea, Amochostou 37, 1016 Nicosia  00357 22 438 956

Lakatamia, P.O.Box 12012, 2340 Lakatamia  00357 22 364 000

Lapithos, Prodromou 36, 2063 Nicosia  00357 22 427 733

Larnaka, P.O.Box 40045, 6300 Larnaka  00357 24 653 333

Latsia, 57 Yiannou Kranidiotis Avenue 2235, P.O.Box 12540, 2250 Latsia  00357 22 878 688

Lefkara, P.O.Box 46005, 7705 Lefkara  00357 24 342 422

Lefkonion, P.O. Box 21657, 1511 Nicosia  00357 22 665 102

Limassol, P.O.Box 50089, 3600 Limassol  00357 25 884 300

Livadia, 1 Dikaiosinis Street, 7060 Livadia  00357 24 662 830

Lysi, P.O.Box 40297, 6302 Larnaca  00357 24 661 444

Mesa Yitonia, P.O.Box 59596, 4010 Limassol  00357 25 723 597

Morphou, 16 Zynonos Sozou, 1075 Nicosia  00357 22 447 333

Nicosia, P.O.Box 21015, 1500 Nicosia  00357 22 797 000

Pafos, P.O.Box 60032, 8100 Pafos  00357 26 822 270

Paralimni, P.O.Box 33033, 5310 Paralimni  00357 23 819 300

Peyia, 8560 Peyia  00357 26 621 113

Polis Chrysochous, P.O.Box 66019, 8830 Polis Chrysochous  00357 26 321 321

Sotira, 22 Makario 111 Avenue, 5390 Sotira  00357 23 821 568

Strovolos, P.O.Box 28403, 2094 Strovolos  00357  22 470 470

Tseri, 38 - 40 Gr Afxentiou, 1st Floor, 2480 Tseri, Nicosia  00357 22 381 744

Yeri, 21, Yeriou Avenue, Nicosia  00357 22 481 755

Yermasoyia, 39 Ayias Paraskevis Street, P.O.Box 4044, Limassol  00357 25 879 898

Source Union Of Municipalities

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