Critical to understanding the functioning of the city is to have a comprehension of the way powers and functions are shared and services delivered between different tiers of government and also how distribution of functions is managed within a single tier. Legislative instruments, like ‘Acts’ or ‘Ordinances’ with the accompanying ‘Amendments’, define the governance framework of a city. Here we bring out some key legislative instruments that define the urban governance construct in Karachi. Key civic services and land management in the city are shared between the city and provincial government with an interface also with federal government entities and cantonment land. An effort has been done to focus on two aspects relevant to this portal – civic services and land. Document are some important ‘Acts’ and related ‘Amendments’.