After establishing a urban council commandment act 1865 no 17 , present local government era was started. Accordingly, Rathnapura local board also started in 1881.03.11. At that time Mr.H.Wase was the government agent for Sabaragamuwa province. In 1887.05.21 Mr. Wase officaily became as the president of this local board. When legislate local government ordinance act 1920 no 11 in 1922.01.01 this local board became as Provincial government Council. So, Rathnapura provincial government council was started from 1922.01.01.

The very first director was the Mr.Dan E Jayathilake. First meeting was healed in the present public library building and which is still using as a public library. According to the special gazette no 14,754/6, this Urban Council was became to the Municipal Council of Rathanapura in 1967.06.26. This was the one and only Municipal Council in the Sabaragmuwa Province. At present MC is provide various types of services to more than fifty thousand citizens who are in MC area in Rathnapura and it is doing this tremendous service nearly fifty years continuously till today.