The Commission is a body corporate established by virtue of the Public Utilities Commission Act No. 26 of 1990 which came into effect on the 1st October, 1990. This Act was amended in 1991, 1994 and in 1999. The Commission is at present operating under Act No. 10 of 1999 which came into force on the 1st October 1999.
The Commission presently consists of a Chairman, who is a full time official, and three other Commissioners, who are appointed and serve on a part-time basis. There is provision (section 5 of the Act) for the appointment of four Commissioners, but the Commission does not at this time see the need for the appointment of a fourth Commissioner.