For very beginning, land administration has been treated as the main base of the country's administration in this region. Social and economic structure is deeply related with land administration. It has long heritage. At past, land administration was treated as basically tax collection oriented administration. Now-a-days, land administration doesn't mean only the tax collection but also an efficient administrative structure which will run to ensure the optimum use of land
In 1772, "Board of Revenue" was created as the permanent central organization to run the revenue administration. After that, initiative was taken to create the post of Commissioner, Collector and formation of revenue board to strengthen land management administration structure.
After liberation, in 1972 , "Board of Revenue" was abolished and all the activities of the board were vested on the then Ministry of Land Administration and Land Reforms. The responsibility of monitoring and inspection of the field level revenue offices was vested on the Land Ministry's wing "Land Reforms Commissioner Office" which was under the supervision of Land Reforms Commissioner who was in status of Joint Secretary including other four Deputy Land Reforms Commissioner (Deputy Secretary Level).
In this management system, huge work load was created on the Ministry of Land beside it's main activities due to conducting field level land administration and settlement of appeal. For this reason, necessity was aroused for a board like "Board of Revenue". After that, this matter was raised at the National Parliament and Land Administration Board Act. 1980 was passed. The activity of Land Administration Board was started at the last stage of 1982
Based on the decision of the National Land Reforms Council, a separate body, namely, the Land Reforms Board, was formed at the national level under the Land Reforms Board Act 1989 (Act XXIII of 1989).
After that this Ordinance was passed at the National Parliament and in 31st May, 1989, it was signed by the Honorable President and it will be treated as Land Reforms Act 1989 (Act XXIII of 1989).