On attainment of Independence by The Gambia in 1965, Local Councils were established emerging from what used to be called Group Treasuries. Shortly after Independence, the Local Province Act was passed. As a result of the passage of that Act, Local Government Authorities were established in all the Divisions, now called Regions except Banjul which continues to be administered under Cap 10 (1) of the Local Government Act.
Between 1965 and 1974, Kanifing Area Administration, which used to be called Kombo Rural Authority, was under the Administration of Brikama Area Council (BAC). However, due to the fast rate of urbanization within the Kombo Rural Authority, the Government, through an Act of Parliament in 1974, caused Kanifing to become a fully-fledged autonomous Local Government Council and was renamed Kanifing Urban District Council (KUDC). The same Act increased the Local Government Areas to eight.
Through another Act of Parliament in 1991, the KUDC was given the status of a Municipal Council due mainly to the metropolitan nature of the area. It was therefore renamed Kanifing Municipal Council with a Chairman at the helm of affairs. Since the coming into force of that Act, Kanifing Municipal Council commenced to elect their Mayors through universal adult suffrage.