<!-- Unsourced image removed: -->Municipalité de Yanaon (Yanam Municipality) was created by a French Metropolitan Decree dated March 12, 1880. Yanaon municipality had 12 seats (Sièges). Citizens from each ward elect one representative for "Conseil Municipal de Yanaon" (Yanam Municipal Council). The term of the office is 6 years.
The Yanam Municipality is acting according to the Pondicherry Municipalities Act of 1973 which had been introduced by the Government and in effect since 26-01-1974. The Municipality is functioning under the purview of Municipal Council. In the absence of an elected local body, the Special Officer (Regional Administrator), appointed by the Government, is exercising all the powers and functions of the Municipal Council. The Commissioner, who has also been appointed by the Government, is the Chief Executive of the Municipality and also acts as the Registrar of Births and Deaths of the Municipality. Over all control and supervision is by the Director, L.A.D., Pondicherry. He also functions as the Chief Registrar of the Births and Deaths in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The Municipality is a separate entity of self Government institution with constitutional status.