The Commissionerate of Municipal Administration is the nodal department responsible for coordinating and supervising the functions of all Municipalities and Municipal Corporations in the State except the Corporation of Chennai. The Commissionerate of Municipal Administration is headed by the Commissioner of Municipal Administration and assisted by Joint Commissioners, Additional Directors, Joint Directors and 7 Regional Directors of Municipal Administration (one each for Chengalpattu, Vellore, Salem, Tiruppur, Thanjavur, Madurai and Tirunelveli regions).
The population of the Corporations (except Chennai Corporation) as per census 2011, is 80,65,843 accounting for 11.18% of the total population of the State and 23.08% of the Urban population and the annual growth rate is 1.10%. The total area under the Corporations (except Chennai Corporation) is 1278.34 sq.km. which constitutes 9.38 % of the total urban area of the State.
The population of the Municipalities as per census 2011, is 90,18,646 accounting for 12.50% of the total population of the State and 25.80% of the urban population and the annual growth rate is 1.02%. The total area under the Municipalities is 2560.12 sq.km. which constitutes 18.78 % of the total urban area of the State.
There are 11 Municipal Corporations (except Chennai) viz, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruppur, Erode, Vellore, Thoothukudi, Dindigul and Thanjavur and 124 Municipalities under the administrative control of the Commissioner of Municipal Administration. The Municipalities in the State have been classified into different grades based on their annual income as follows:
|Sl. No||Grade||Annual income
(in ₹ crore)
|No. of Municipalities|
|1||Special Grade||Above 10.00||17|
| 2|| Selection Grade || 6.00-10.00|| 33|
| 3||First Grade||4.00-6.00||29|
| 4||Second Grade|| Below 4.00||45|