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REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA GRAND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION ACT

Promulgated State Gazette No. 77/17.09.1991 Amended, SG Nos. 24, 49 & 65/1995; 90/1996; 122/1997; 33, 130 & 154/1998; 67 & 69∗/1999

Chapter One GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1
This Act regulates the public relationships connected with local self-government and local administration.

Article 2
(1) The territory of the Republic of Bulgaria is divided into municipalities and regions. (2) Mayoralties and districts shall be component administrative and territorial units of municipalities. They shall be created with such terms of reference and for the performance of such functions as decreed by law or by a resolution of the competent Municipal Council. (3) There shall be elected in municipalities Municipal Councils and Mayors. (4) (Amended, SAG No. 69/1999) There shall be elected Mayors in mayoralties.

Article 3
The administrative and territorial division of the Republic of Bulgaria shall be established by law.

Article 4
(1) When a new municipality is formed, the elections for a Municipal Council are held within three months of the relevant decision. (2) In the cases under paragraph 1, the Regional Governor appoints an acting mayor whose powers are discontinued with the election of a mayor.

Article 5
The municipality is a principal administrative and territorial unit where local self-government is exercised.

Article 6
(Repealed, SAG No. 65/1995)

Article 7
The region has an administrative purpose and no elected bodies of local self-government are instituted in it. Bodies and agencies of the central government may be instituted in the regional centre.

In force as of 3 August 1999

(3) The rights under the foregoing paragraph may only be exercised if more than two-thirds of all the municipalities in the country are members of the Association. to resolve on issues relating to: 1. taxes and fees. municipal enterprises. and become a member of international associations.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. laundries. Health. street lighting. Perform any other functions under its Articles of Association. (2) Any disputes concerning boundaries between inhabited places shall be referred to the local court. hotels. electricity. streets and squares. including: out-patient and hospital care. or of their elected bodies with such terms of reference as thereon conferred. community care and sanitation. 4. SG No. (2) (Repealed. telephone. Draft opinions and proposals respecting the section of the Draft National Budget on municipalities. Public works and utilities. primary. 2 Article 8 Sofia Municipality is an administrative and territorial unit. Draft proposals for the amendment and improvement of local self-government regulations. municipal finances. 65/1995) Article 9 (1) The administrative and territorial units may form voluntary associations to solve problems and accomplish tasks of common interest. including: pre-school. 2. libraries. 3. domestic waste disposal. . amateur art. local bath-houses. local public transport. adjustment of river courses and gullies. Education. local traditions and customs. including: water and sewer. 6. orchestras. garages and cemeteries. with status of region. municipal administration. green spaces. P. The organisation and development of the municipal territory and its component inhabited places. Municipal property. Culture. 5. museums and museum collections. heating. Chapter Two MUNICIPALITY Article 10 (1) (Amended. parks and gardens. Article 11 Local self-government in a municipality shall be reflected in the right of the citizens. and to promote and develop local self-government. 2. It combines the selfgovernment of the community with the implementation of government policies for the development of the capital city. (3) The National Association of Municipalities shall have the right to: 1. Act as its members’ legal representative before government agencies. (2) To protect their common interests. theatres. rituals. municipalities may form a national association and regional associations. 69/1999) The territory of a municipality shall be defined as the total of the territories of its component inhabited places. Establish contacts and interaction with similar organisations in other countries. SG No. 4. including: community clubs. basic and secondary. 5. health prevention. 3.

Article 15 The Municipal Council may establish departments of the municipal administration in individual mayoralties and inhabited places. .on local issues.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. and other similar activities of local importance. (4) (New. recreation and tourism of local importance. Article 16 Municipalities may institute their symbols and honorary titles in conformity with the law. historic and architectural monuments of local importance. Article 17 (1) Citizens participate in local self-government by resolving directly . P. social housing. Social assistance. referendums. or in another manner . (2) A local referendum can be held on issues relating to the municipality’s policies in pursuance of Article 11. 10. 69/1999) The costs of holding local referendums at the initiative of a state body may be funded by the central budget as well. Article 12 Each municipality bears the name of the inhabited place which is its administrative centre. 9. districts and quarters. or through the bodies they elect which formulate and implement the local policy in the interests of the community. Sports. (4) The costs of holding local referendums and general meetings shall be funded from the municipal budget. The decision to hold a referendum shall be made by the Municipal Council by the affirmative vote of more than half of its members. Article 13 Residents of the municipality are all citizens who live on the territory and are entered in the population registers. Article 14 The municipality is a corporation and can hold property rights and dispose of an autonomous municipal budget. Conservation of cultural. 3 7. (3) Local referendums and general meetings of the municipal population shall be held under terms and procedure established by law. SG No. including: social care and allowances.through general meetings. 8. Protection of the natural environment and rational use of the natural resources of local importance.

Article 20 The Municipal Council shall formulate the policy of the municipality’s growth and development in connection with the activities under Article 11. in Sofia Municipality. (Amended.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. 2. SG No. as well as in connection with other activities provided by law. (Amended. 33 councillors.000 51 councillors. SG No.000. 6. 3. 41 councillors. 4 Chapter III MUNICIPAL COUNCIL (Amended. 10. 29 councillors. 69/1999) . 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of over 160.000. and is elected by the residents in the municipality under the terms and procedures provided by law. SG No.000. (Amended.000. 21 councillors. 61 councillors. 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of up to 30. (2) (Repealed. SG No. SG No. SG No. 69/1999) Article 18 (1) The Municipal Council is a body of local self-government. 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of up to 20. 13 councillors. 37 councillors. SG No. SG No.000. SG No.000. 65/1995) (1) The number of Municipal Councillors shall be determined as follows: 1. 4. (Amended. 9. 5. SG No. 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of up to 50. 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of up to 100. where the municipality has a population of up to 5. SG No. 17 councillors. 69/1999) The classification of municipalities under the categories provided in paragraph 1 above shall be based on the size of their respective population as recorded in population registers maintained by the municipal administration. SG No. P. 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of up to 160.000.000. (2) The Municipal Council comprises the elected Municipal Councillors. 11 councillors. 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of up to 75. 7. SG No. SG No. (New. 69/1999) (4) (Amended. (Amended. 69/1999) Article 19 (Amended. (3) (Repealed. 69/1999) where the municipality has a population of up to 10. (2) (Repealed. (Amended. 8. (New.

and disposal of municipal property.the District Mayors as well. 11. make decisions on the design and approval of general and detailed territorial development plans for the municipality or parts thereof. squares. zones. 13. 6. of local importance. exercise control over its implementation and approve the relevant report. elect and remove its Chairman. set the size of local taxes and charges within the statutory limits. and designate its representatives in such companies. and define the Mayor's powers. make decisions on the formation. . also. make decisions to name or rename streets.. SG No. set up standing and select committees. 18. SG No. SG No. (Amended. characteristics of the inhabited places. and on the management of donated property. 21. P. 19. 9. and municipal bond issues under terms and procedure provided by law. (Amended. and designate its delegates to such associations. 2. and those of the municipal administration. 3.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. make proposals respecting changes in the administrative and territorial division. confer honorary citizenship on Bulgarian and foreign individuals. SG No. interest-free lending. programmes and plans. 5. 7. adopt the budget of the municipality. 5 Article 21 (1) The Municipal Council shall: 1.. (3) (Amended. (2) The Municipal Council shall resolve. make decisions on bank borrowing. such as affect the territory and the boundaries of the municipality. historical. 16. the municipality’s participation in associations. 10. 14. establish the structure of the municipal administration and allocate funds from the municipal budget for staff wages. recreation areas. adopt municipal development strategies. etc. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall adopt Rules of Organisation and Activity for the Council and the administration whereby such matters shall be regulated as relate to the Council’s and its Committees’ organisation and conduct of business. approve the municipality’s coat of arms and seal. create districts and mayoralties under terms and procedure provided by law. parks. 69/1999) make decisions on the acquisition. (Amended. etc. 15. 8. determine the remuneration of Mayors within the existing regulations. make decisions on the establishment and termination of municipal foundations. other issues of local importance. projections. 69/1999) elect and remove Vice Mayors and Mayoral delegates on the advice of the Mayor of the Municipality and in Sofia Municipality and the cities of district composition . define such requirements governing the activities of natural and legal persons within municipal boundaries as arise from the environmental. and all other matters expressly provided by this Act. 12. engineering facilities. reorganisation. and termination of municipal companies. 17. and from the condition of the existing technical and social infrastructure. make decisions on the holding of referendums and general meetings on issues within its terms of reference. provided that such issues do not fall within the exclusive terms of reference of any other authority. social. 22. management. 4. make decisions on the municipality’s participation in local authority associations in this country and abroad. and those of the District Mayors and other Mayors. 20. and elect their members. 69/1999) consider and adopt decisions on the advice of Mayors of Districts and mayoralties within its competencies.

or by a deputy thereof on the basis of a statement drawn by such officials as are designated by the regulations. the sitting shall be convened by the requesting party or by the Regional Governor. 5. Article 25 The Chairman of the Council shall: 1. (5) (New. assist the Councillors with their activities. or a temporary divestment of the right to practice a certain profession or to carry out a certain activity in the case of a repeated offence. . The candidate who has obtained more than half of the votes of all the Councillors shall be deemed elect. SG No. within 14 days after its composition.also of the District Mayors. SG No. The election shall be held by secret ballot. SG No. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall hold the meeting for the election of Vice mayors of a Mayoralty and in Sofia Municipality and the cities of district composition . 4. 33/1998) In case of offences against the regulations. upon his initiative. Failing that. resolutions. upon the request of one-third of the Municipal Councillors.000 levs. convene the Council to sittings. the sitting shall be chaired by another Councillor elected for the purpose. upon the request of the Regional Governor. (3) Penal orders are issued by the mayor of the municipality. 6 Article 21a (Repealed. and instructions on issues of local importance. (2) The Municipal Council shall be convened to a sitting by its Chairman: 1. SG No. upon the request of one-fifth of the local constituency. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall elect a Chairman from among its members. SG No.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. 2. SG No. (3) (Repealed. Article 23 (1) (Amended. SG No. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall be convened to its first sitting by the Regional Governor within 14 days of the expiry of the term of the preceding Municipal Council. chair the sittings. (4) The administrative penal proceedings are instituted under the terms and procedures of the Administrative Offences and Penalties Act. 69/1999) Article 22 (1) The Municipal Council shall adopt rules. which documents shall be delivered to the Regional Governor within seven days. (2) (Amended. 3. (5) (New. SG No. (2) Where the Chairman’s powers are terminated earlier than the expiry of his term. P. the Chairman must set the date for the sitting within seven days of the request. Article 24 (1) (Amended. 69/1999) (4) (Amended. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall continue to perform its duties until the composition of the newly elected Municipal Council. coordinate the work of standing committees. 3 and 4 of paragraph 2 above. 69/1999) In the cases under subparagraphs 2. 3. 2. guide preparations for sittings. 4. or where the matter at hand concerns the Chairman’s conduct. or in the Chairman’s absence. regulations. penalties may be imposed such as fines of up to 500.

3 of Art. (4) (Former 3. the issue shall be settled by the Council at its next sitting. 32 above. in an open ballot. (2) (New. if more than half of all the Councillors are present. Within seven days after the date of the sitting. SG No.1 of Art. 1.1-4. The council may decide to hold some of the sittings in camera. 69/1999) The Municipal Council’s sittings shall be valid.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. represent the Council before outside persons and organisations.20) shall be made by a majority of more than half of all the Councillors. 69/1999) Minutes shall be taken of each Municipal Council’s sitting. Article 26 (Amended. SG No. 69/1999) The Municipal Council’s sittings shall be public. (4) (Amended. Article 29 (Amended. 39a above. SG No. 1. 3 of Art. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall remunerate its Chairman in proportion to the municipality’s size and the Chairman’s workload. The Councillors shall have the right to examine the minutes and to request corrections to them within seven days. 69/1999)The legality of the Municipal Councillor’s election may be appealed against before the County Court within 14 days after the polling day. 69/1999) The Municipal Council’s decisions shall be made by a majority of more than half of the Councillors present. 69/1999)The Municipal Councillor’s powers are terminated ahead of term in the event: . (6) The Council’s resolutions shall be announced to the public. SG No. P. 69/1999) The municipal councillors shall continue to perform their functions until the taking of oath of office by the newly elected municipal councillors.6-10. 7 6. (3) (Former 2. SG No. Chapter IV MUNICIPAL COUNCILLOR Article 30 (1) (Amended. In the case of a dispute. SG No. SG No.16. 69/1999) The Council’s resolutions in pursuance of Article 21(1. (3) (Amended. Article 28 (Amended. Article 27 (1) The Municipal Council shall be convened at least six times per year. 1. Its activities shall receive staff support from the municipal administration.17 & 1. SG No. 69/1999) The Municipal Councillor’s powers arise as of the day of taking the oath of office under para. Article 29a The Municipal Council shall not have a permanent staff. except for the cases under para. 39 and para. SG No. SG No. The Council may opt for a secret ballot. (2) (Amended.

of resignation handed to the Council. to abide by the Constitution and the laws of this country. business and public entities shall co-operate with the Municipal Councillor and provide him with information and documents. SG No. 154/1998) of entry into force of administrative and territorial changes. (New. in all my actions. The query gets an oral or written answer at the next sitting. 69/1999) of his election to the National Assembly. 5. take the oath and does not sign the related statement within 45 days from the resolution of the election committee. by the interests of the inhabitants of the municipality. Article 31 (Repealed. 8 1. 4. 3. address queries to the mayor. 5. of death. 154/1998) of entry into force of administrative and territorial changes. SG No. unless the council decides otherwise. or appointment as vice-minister or deputy regional governor. SG No. 2. 6. (New. or Mayoral Delegate or in case of appointment to a paid office in the municipal administration. (Amended. SG 65/1995) (2) Government agencies. propose issues within the council's competence to be included in the agenda of the Municipal Council sittings. (Amended. for any valid reason. participate in the deliberations and settlement of all issues within the council's competence. or in the case of Sofia. SG No. which shall hear the appeal and rule thereon within three days. the councillor has been sentenced to imprisonment for a premeditated crime. SG No.5 may be appealed before the County Court within 14 days. and to work for their prosperity. . (7) (Amended. 8. shall forfeit his mandate. (Repealed. 69/1999) The resolution under paragraph 4. as cabinet minister or regional governor. of his election as Mayor or Vice Mayor. and the sentence has come into force. (3) The Municipal Council’s resolution in pursuance of paragraph 2 may be appealed before the County Court within 14 days. 7. The Court’s ruling shall be final.14 & 1. the Sofia City Court. and submit draft decisions. such as are necessary in connection with his activities of a Councillor. 65/1995) Article 32 (1) At the first sitting." (2) A Municipal Councillor who does not.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. 65/1995) of a continued incapacity. former para. 65/1995. Amended SG No. and to be guided. 69/1999. in the name of the Republic of Bulgaria. or a habitual dereliction of his duties for more than six months. SG No. leading to a change of permanent residence. by a resolution of the Council made with the majority of more than half of all the Councillors.6-8) shall be announced to the Council by its Chairman. be elected to standing and interim committees of the council. 4. the Municipal Councillor takes the following oath: "I take an oath. 2. of legal incapacity. 3. 4. 154/1998) The termination of powers in pursuance of paragraph 4 (1. P. leading to dissolution of the municipality. (5) (Amended. Article 33 (1) The Municipal Councillor shall have the right to: 1. SG No. except such that constitute state or official secret by law.

are covered by the municipal budget.SG No. (4) (Former para. . former para. Article 37a (Repealed.SG No. Article 37 The Municipal Councillor shall not participate in making decisions referring to his personal interests or to the interests of his spouse and relatives in direct or collateral lineage. 2. 69/1999) Travel and other expenses incurred by the Municipal Councillor in connection with his work on the council. 69/1999) The municipal councillor shall not be entitled participate in the management of municipal companies (director or manager. P. 69/1999) The municipal councillor shall not receive remuneration for its activity as such. 69/1999) Article 37b Subject to a resolution of the general meeting of the local population. His employer is reimbursed from the municipal budget.2-4) of the Labour Code. SG No.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. (2) (Former para. 69/1999) The Municipal Councillor shall not be removed or dismissed from his permanent employment for the term of his mandate in the cases under Article 328(1. Such Councillors shall assist the Mayor with the performance of his functions in pursuance of Article 46. SG No. SG No. Article 36 The Municipal Councillor shall: 1. 69/1999. and take part in the settlement of the issues under consideration. attend the sittings of the Municipal Council and the standing committees to which he has been elected. (4) (New. deputy-director or deputy-manager) Article 35 (Amended. 9 Article 34 (1) (New. 3 . (3) (Amended. SG No. 2 . 1 . 69/1999) The Municipal Councillor gets his full remuneration for the time when he has attended sittings of the Council or of a standing committee. keep in touch with the constituency and inform them of the activities and decisions of the Municipal Council.SG No. 69/1999) The Municipal Councillor obtains leave for the time when he is busy in connection with his activities as councillor. under terms and procedures specified by the Council's Rules of Procedure. SG No. up to four times removed. Mayoral Councillors may be elected in Mayoralties under the terms and procedure provided in the Rules adopted in pursuance of Article 21(3).

Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. SG No. (3) (Amended. who was not elected. 10 Chapter V MAYORS AND MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION Article 38 (1) The Mayor is a body of the executive branch of government in the municipality. (2) (Amended. SG No. 69/1999) Upon the motion of the Mayor of the municipality. SG No. 69/1999) If in the cases under para. (2) If in the cases under para. 69/1999) The mayors of municipalities of the Sofia Municipality and cities with district composition shall be elected by the municipal council at the proposal of the mayor of the municipality for the term of office of the municipal council Article 39 (1) (Amended. The new motion may field a candidate. Elected shall be the candidates. 69/1999) In settlements. which have received more than half of the votes of the councillors present. SG No. . SG No. whereas the mayor of the municipality may introduce a new motion not later than 7 days before the meeting. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall examine the motion within 7 days of receiving it. 3.2 above elected shall be the candidates. P. The new motion may field a candidate. 65/1995. the Municipal Council shall elect district mayors by the votes of more than one half of the total number of councillors. 2. the municipal council may elect mayoral delegates. which have received more than half of the votes of the councillors present. Article 39a (New. 1 above one or more Vice Mayors are not elected. (3) In the cases under para. who was not elected. the Municipal Council shall elect one or more Vice Mayors by secret ballot by a majority of more than one half of the total number of councillors. SG No. which are not mayoralties. (5) (New.1 of Art. the Mayor of the municipality shall make a new motion within seven days. former para. 69/1999) (1) At the motion of the mayor of the municipality in the Sofia Municipality and in the cities with district composition. amended. SG No. SG No. SG No. the Chairman of the Municipal Council within 14 days shall call a new meeting for the election. (3) (New. SG No. 69/1999) The Mayor of the Municipality and the mayors of the mayoralties shall be elected directly by the community under terms and procedures provided by law. (2) (Amended. 69/1999) The powers of the mayors of municipalities and mayoralties shall commence as of the day of taking the oath of office under para. 1 above one or more district mayors are not elected. Article 38a (New. 69/1999) The mayors shall continue to perform their functions until the day of taking the oath of office of the newly elected mayors. 32 above . The oath of office is taken at the first sitting of the newly-elected Municipal Council. (4) (Former para.

Article 39b (New. SG No. 90/1996. (New. 5. 11 (4) If once again one or more district mayors are not elected or no new motion is introduced by the mayor of the municipality. (2) (Amended. P. SG No.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. of submitting a resignation to the Municipal Council. serve as managers or participate in supervisory. which have received more than half of the votes of the councillors present. leading to a dissolution of the municipality or mayoralty. (3) (Repealed. of a sentence in prison for a premeditated crime. 4. (Amended SG Nos. 65/1995) . SG No. which has become effective. 69/1999) In case of the termination of the powers of the mayor of the municipality or the mayoralty ahead of term. 69/1999) The mayors of municipalities. They shall be recognised to speak on matters relating to their mayoralties or districts Article 42 (1) (Amended. SG No. Article 41 (1) (Amended. districts and mayoralties. 69/1999) The Municipal Council shall elect mayoral delegates under the terms and conditions of Art. SG No. In case there is no vice mayor. following decision of the Municipal Council. the Municipal Council shall elect mayors of districts at the proposal of the municipal councillors. SG No. 3. his functions for the period up to holding elections are taken over by a vice mayor. (3) (Amended. such shall be elected upon a motion of the councillors. 2. 6. 154/1998. SG No. SG No. 69/1999) The mayors of districts and mayoralties and the mayoral delegates shall attend the council sittings in a non-voting capacity. or by a mayor of a mayoralty respectively. (2) (Amended. (New. of death. 69/1999) of permanent incapacity or habitual dereliction of duty for more than six months. 154/1998) of entry into force of administrative and territorial changes. Amended. SG No. 69/1999) The mayors of municipalities shall participate at the council sittings in a non-voting capacity. 69/1999) The powers of the mayors of municipalities or mayoralties are terminated ahead of term in case: 1. 69/1999) of entry into force of administrative and territorial changes. 69/1999) (5) (Repealed. SG No. SG No. 39a above. subject to a resolution of the Municipal Council made with a majority of more than half of all Councillors. Elected shall be the candidates. the vice mayors and mayoral delegates of municipalities shall not hold positions in leaderships of political parties or carry on any business activity within the meaning of the Companies Act. leading to a change of permanent residence in the municipality or mayoralty. managerial or control bodies of commercial companies and cooperatives for the duration of their term of office. Article 40 The functions of mayor of the inhabited place which is the municipal centre are performed by the mayor of the municipality.

69/1999) In case of incapacity of the mayor of the municipality. in case of submission of ü resignation to the Municipal Council. the Municipal Council shall elect within 14 days one of the Vice Mayors to perform these functions. The decision of the Municipal Council shall be taken by a majority of more than one half of all councillors. 1. 2 of Art. SG No. upon entry into force of a court conviction. monitor the drafting and publication of the municipality’s acts. 3. Article 44 (1) The mayor of the municipality: 1. 5. Article 43 (1) The mayor of the municipality appoints a secretary of the municipality for an unlimited term. assume responsibility for the work of civil registration and administrative services to the public. 7.4). 69/1999) The powers of the mayoral delegates may be terminated ahead of term on the grounds. in the event of death. district or mayoralty to perform its functions for more than three months. prepare and organise local referendums. leading to a dissolution of the district. organise the municipality’s book-keeping. (5) In the event of termination ahead of term of the powers of a district mayor. imposes the disciplinary penalties provided by law. 4. assume responsibility for the maintenance of local voting registers. 69/1999) (1) The powers of district mayors are terminated ahead of term: 1. SG No. assume responsibility for staff working conditions and the equipment of services. 39a above. 2. SG No. Article 42b (New. in case of entry into force of administrative and territorial changes. document flows and archives. 6. manages the entire executive activities of the municipality. or respectively a person to serve as a mayor of a district or a municipality. 2. 42a above. To him the requirements under Article 41(1).Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. . assume responsibility for work on citizen’s complaints and suggestions. 4. guides and coordinates the activities of the specialised executive bodies. appoints and removes from office the senior management and the staff of the municipal administration. P. except for those under Article 46(1. 3. organise the work of the municipal administration. listed in para. 2. 3. SG No. 7. 12 Article 42a (New. (2) (Amended. the Municipal Council shall elect within a month a new district mayor under the terms and provisions of Art. 3 and 4 and para. (3) The Municipal Secretary shall: 1. Article 42c (New. point 1. (2) The powers of district mayors may be terminated ahead of term at the proposal of the mayor of the municipality or of one third of the municipal councillors. imposing an effective prison term. 69/1999) The Municipal Secretary must be a university graduate.

(6) In the cases provided by law. and it has a suspending force. implement of the municipal budget in the section referring to the district or mayoralty. organises the implementation of the Municipal Council decisions and reports to the Council accordingly. 12. organises their implementation and enforcement. decrees of the President of the Republic. 15. 7. takes measures to improve and rehabilitate the environment. exercises control over the lawfulness of the acts and actions of mayors in pursuance of their powers under Article 46(1). such appeal not suspending the effect of such ordinances. the mayor shall execute it. The challenge shall be submitted in writing within 7 days. as well as with other bodies of local self-government in this country and abroad.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. public organisations and movements. assume responsibility for the management of such municipal property as determined by the Municipal Council. coordinates and exercises control over the lawfulness and appropriateness of actions taken for that purpose. 14. or delegates such functions by a written order to the mayors of mayoralties. Article 45 (1) The Municipal Council may rescind actions of the mayor's taken in contravention of its decisions under Article 21. signs general and detailed development plans as approved by the Municipal Council. approves amendments and addenda thereto. organises the performance of tasks deriving from Acts of Parliament. 4. 67/1999) performs the functions of civil registrar. 2. 11. P. 5. organises the implementation of the municipal budget. organise public works and other undertakings. Article 46 (1) The Mayor of a district or mayoralty shall: 1. 13 4. and organises the policing of fields. which maintain civil status files or to other officials of the municipal administration. (Amended. and the courts. represent the municipality before natural and legal persons. (2) The mayor of the municipality may challenge a Municipal Council decision when he deems it contradicts the municipal interests or violates the laws. is responsible for the keeping of public order. organises and implements activities relating to defence from disasters and accidents. and in order to ensure it. 5. appoints and dismisses such municipal staff as assists him with his activities in accordance with the organisational structure approved by the Municipal Council. The ruling of the Regional Governor shall be made in consultation with the Minister of Internal Affairs and shall be final. 9. the municipal mayor shall perform such functions as may be assigned to him by central government authorities. keeps contacts with political parties. SG No. (3) The ordinances under paragraph 1(4) may be appealed by the chiefs of the respective police departments before the Regional Governor within three days. . but not later than two months from the date of the mayor’s act. the mayor of the municipality issues ordinances. he shall issue ordinances binding the chiefs of the respective police departments. shall seize the Court. ensures the technical support of the Municipal Council. or if it contradicts the law. delegates his functions to mayoral and district mayors. If after the second deliberations the Municipal Council reaffirms its decision. 10. 13. The Council’s second vote in such cases shall require a majority of more than half of all the Councillors. 3. 8. (2) Exercising his powers. organises the implementation of long-term programmes. Such rescission shall be voted at the next sitting. and of the Council of Ministers. 6.

exercising control on the execution of the Municipal Council decisions. standing and interim committees which may also include other experts. other districts and mayoralties. from among its members. 69/1999) District and mayoral mayors may be assigned such other functions as provided by an act of Parliament or by another type of legislation. SG No. SG No. 3. SG No. the standing committees may involve outside experts and consultants. 67/1999) maintains population and civil registers and submits updates to the Unified System for Civil and Administrative Services to the Public. studying the community's needs in the relevant field. organises the provision of administrative services to the community. the districts or mayoralties. Article 46a (New. 69/1999) The district mayor shall appoint and dismiss the district vice mayors and the secretary and the mayor of the mayoralty shall appoint and dismiss the secretary of the mayoralty. public and political organisations. 2. 14 6. 122/1997) ensures the preservation of public order. Article 47 The staff of the municipal administration have the status of government employees. 8. 9.3 of Art. .78. 21 above. organises and manages defence from disasters and accidents.74.70. represent the district or mayoralty before the public. (2) In the course of their proceedings. Chapter VI STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL Article 48 The Municipal Council elects. SG No. Article 50 The standing committees accept proposals and recommendations on the issues under consideration. in accordance with the specifics of the municipality. and 80 of the Ministry of Interior Act in the respective territory until the arrival of the police authority.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. (Amended. (3) (Former para. and then transmit them to the Municipal Council and the respective persons concerned. 69/1999) The powers of the mayoral delegates shall be determined by the rules of organization under para. 7. Article 49 (1) The standing committees have the task of: 1. (Amended. P. and making proposals as to how the problems are to be settled.73. assisting the Municipal Council in preparing decisions on issues submitted for deliberation and settlement. has the powers as per Articles 68. (2) (New.2. 10. or by the Rules adopted in pursuance of Article 20(1). SG No.76.

33/1998) Article 56 (Repealed. with the exception of the earmarked subsidies from the state budget. 15 Chapter VII PROPERTY AND FINANCE OF THE MUNICIPALITY Article 51 (1) The municipality has the right to ownership. 33/1998) Article 57 (Repealed. SG No. as well as for such needs which may arise in the performance of state functions. on the basis of its own sources of revenue and subsidies from the state. 33/1998) (4) The municipality has the right to issue bonds. Article 53 (Repealed. and under terms and procedures established by law. SG No. running expenses. (2) (Repealed. (4) The municipality may invest in economic activities property and unemployed cash funds. (5) The municipality shall have no right to borrow for costs of a general nature (paying wages. 33/1998) Article 54 (1) The expenditures of the municipality are made to cover local needs. SG No. the scope and manner of acquisition of which are regulated by law. SG No. 33/1998) . (2) The costs for the performance of state functions are covered by the Central Government Budget. 33/1998) (3) The municipality may carry on economic activities. SG No. Article 55 (Repealed. 33/1998) (3) (Repealed. etc. SG No.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. separate from the Central Government Budget. allocated between municipalities by criteria determined by law. and participate in forms of joint economic activity on conditions. Article 52 (1) The Municipal Council compiles an autonomous municipal budget. set up municipal enterprises. SG No. P.) (5) The interest rate on the loans obtained by the municipality is insured by its current budget. (2) (Repealed. (4) The municipality may only participate in such forms of economic activity where its liability does not exceed its equity. (3) The Municipal Council may give financial assistance to municipal and other enterprises whose operations are related to meeting the needs of the community.

amend. No. 90/1958. SG. amend.. amend. 65/1995) This Act repeals: The People's Councils Act (promulgated. 92/1951. paragraph 4 of the People's Councils Act (SG. 41 of the People's Councils Act. SG. 33/1998) Chapter Eight COUNTY (Repealed. SG. SG No. 60 & 68/1953. § 5. SG No. 3/1965. 47/1964. Amendments to other acts: 1. No. The Decree on the constituency assignments (SG.. SG No. 19/1985. 36/1979.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. 54/1969. P. 296 on the powers of the district people's councils under Art. 19/1979). § 4. No. 38/1989. Decree No. 32/1977. No. No. The Rules for the ordinances under Art. 65/1995) Chapter Eleven TRANSITIONAL AND CONCLUDING PROVISIONS § 1. 32/1977. 37 & 54/1956. 65/1995) (Repealed. 12/1978). 60/1980). 3. No. amend. providing for the payment of labour remuneration and travelling allowances to councillors and members of standing committees (promulg. amend. as well as the property it acquires. SG No. SG No. No. The Property Act (promulg.. 54 & 87/1974. § 3. SG.. 39/1978). 14 & 91/1988.. No. 26 & 27/1973. 16 Article 58 (Repealed.. SG No. 22/1959. (Repealed. No. No. 45/1989). "Izvestiya". § 2. 64/1966. 65/1995) Chapter Nine REGION (Repealed. 30.. amend. 12 a of the People's Councils Act (promulg. 95/1951. 52 & 65/1980. 31/1990).. SG No. No. 65/1987. No. "Izvestiya". 90/1960. 97/1978. 100/1955. 55/1978. 97/1987. 72/1981. 35/1972.5. The Formation of the Regions as New Administrative and Territorial Units Act (promulg. 71 & 74/1957. 6 is amended as follows: "6. Municipal ownership covers the following property: . 130/1995) Chapter Ten ADMINISTRATIVE AND TERRITORIAL CHANGES (Repealed. Art. 65/1995) (Repealed. SG No. 72 & 88/1990).. 12/1958. 99/1963. No. No. a) b) c) d) e) f) g) § 6... The Members of Parliament and the People's Councillors Act as to the legal status of Municipal Councillors in the section on Municipal Councillors (promulg. The Regulations for the enforcement of Art. This Act shall comes into force as of the date of its promulgation in the State Gazette. 27 & 87/1986). State ownership covers the property declared by the Constitution and the laws to be exclusive property of the state.

boulevards. acquired through alienation proceedings. ground waters and mineral springs included. public. e) houses built under the terms and procedures of Art. are regulated by the Local Selfgovernment and Local Administration Act. with the exception of such lots which are to be returned to their former owners. (Amended. household. and mayors. along with the water-pumping equipment and the transporting pipelines. To the Ministry of Internal Affairs Act. and included in the authorized capital of municipal companies." § 7. the following new Art. sports. b) dams. 17 a) ceded by law as property of municipalities. 13 a is added: "Art. The interrelations between the Metropolitan and the Regional Directorates of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. water supply. (1) When this Act comes into force. the following state property is also transferred to the ownership of municipalities: a) water reservoirs. or is kept under the balance-sheet of a partnership company or enterprise with state property. communications. and public utilities services. and the Police Act. intended for housing construction. or out of an off-budget account of the municipality. d) the local roads. 13a. and engineering protection network which service only the territory of the respective municipality and are not included in the authorized capital of commercial companies. REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA 37th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AMENDMENT AND ADDENDUM ACT TO THE LOCAL SELFGOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION ACT Promulgated State Gazette No. and the Regional Governors. 69/1999) The enforcement of this Act is hereby assigned to the Council of Ministers. inert and other materials quarries of local importance. urbanisation or public utilities undertakings. 117 of the Town Planning Act for rented flats or for social welfare measures. and public green lawns. 65/1995 TRANSITIONAL AND CONCLUDING PROVISIONS [. Regional Governors. sewerage. P. streets. which are used by the respective municipality only. f) restored through restitution. squares. SG No.Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act. including renting to socially vulnerable families. h) transferred as property of the municipality pursuant to the preceding provisions of this Act. § 8. g) ceded gratuitously by the state. commercial. as well as for health. c) built by the voluntary labour and contributions of the community. lakes and adjacent beaches. intended for the administrative needs of municipalities. the district police departments. on the one hand. d) acquired through loans.. public parking lots in inhabited places. on the other hand. b) acquired against funds from the municipal budget. cultural. g) the networks and the equipment of the technical infrastructure of the transport. e) bestowed or bequeathed to the Municipal Council or to the individual inhabited places. f) sites of the municipal infrastructure of local importance. h) The property under paragraph 1 is not transferred to the ownership of municipalities if it is included in the capital or in the fixed funds.] . c) vacant lots and estates within inhabited places. obtained and redeemed by the municipality.." 2. educational. energy.

Local Self-Government and Local Administration Act.Any staff positions at Municipal Councils. This Act was adopted by the XXXVIII-th National Assembly on 28 July 1999 and the official seal of the National Assembly was affixed hereto. which do not conform to the requirements of para. the Municipal Councils shall adopt decisions. 69/1995 TRANSITIONAL AND CONCLUDING PROVISIONS § 45.This Act shall enter into force as of the date of its promulgation in the State Gazette. . elected on 13th October 1991. P. § 46. shall be eliminated upon the expiry of the term of such Councils’. Until the adoption of such decisions of the municipal councils in mayoralties. elections for mayors of these mayoralties shall not be held. Chairman of the National Assembly: Yordan Sokolov ----------------------------------------(*) All figures in Leva in the Local Self-government and Local Administration Act have been reduced 1000 times under the requirements of the Lev Re-denomination Act. 1 of Art.16 of the Law on the Administrative and Territorial Organization of the Republic of Bulgaria as of the date of entry into force of this Act. REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA 38th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AMENDMENT AND ADDENDUM ACT TO THE LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION ACT Promulgated State Gazette No. regarding the alignment of the administrative and territorial structure of the respective municipalities with the requirements of this Act. 18 § 56.Within three months after the entry into force of this Act. existing at the time of this Act’s entry into force.