PUNJAB INFORMATION OF TEMPORARY RESIDENTS ACT 2015
(Act VIII of 2015)
[10 March 2015]
An Act to provide for
sharing of information of tenants and other temporary residents.
Whereas it is expedient to obtain information
about tenants and other temporary residents; to develop a database of such
persons; to effectively combat terrorism and other crimes; to use such
information for investigation and prosecution of certain offences; and, to
provide for ancillary matters;
It is enacted as follows:
1. Short title, extent and
commencement.– (1) This Act may be
cited as the Punjab Information of Temporary Residents Act 2015.
(2) It extends to whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come into force at once.
In this Act:
“Code” means the
Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898);
means Government of the Punjab;
“guest” means a
person who is in possession or enjoyment of lodging, or board and lodging at
a hotel or a hostel except an employee of the hotel or hostel;
“hostel” means a
premises where residential accommodation is offered for rent or any other
consideration but shall not include a rented premises or a hotel or a hostel
exclusively managed and controlled by an organization or institution and
which is being exclusively used for the residence of the enrolled students
or staff of such organization or institution;
“hotel” means a
premises meant for lodging, or board and lodging offered to guests for
monetary consideration or otherwise and includes a guest house, resort,
motel, inn or sarai but shall not include
a rented premises or a hostel;
the owner of the premises let out for residential purpose or which may be
used as a temporary place of abode and includes a lessor or a person who is
entitled or authorized to receive rent, lease amount, charges or any other
“manager” means a
person who is employed or authorized by the owner or landlord for the
management of a hotel or a hostel;
the police constituted under the Police Order, 2002 (C.E. Order No. 22 of
means prescribed by the rules made under the Act;
means the property dealer who deals in the rented premises or hostels for
means a building or part of a building which is let out for residential
purpose or which may be used as a temporary place of abode but shall not
include a hotel or a hostel; and
means the occupant of a rented premises and includes a lessee or a
3. Information to police.–
(1) Subject to subsection (3), the property dealer, landlord and tenant
shall, within fifteen days from the time of delivery of possession of the
rented premises to the tenant, provide information about the tenant in the
prescribed manner to the police through the fastest means of communication.
(2) The owner or manager shall,
within twenty four hours from the time of arrival or check in of a guest,
provide information about the guest in the prescribed manner to the police
through the fastest means of communication.
(3) If one of the persons mentioned in
subsection (1) or subsection (2) provides the requisite information, the
other concurrently responsible persons shall not be liable for non-provision
of the information to the police.
4. Guests other than students and staff.–
(1) A person, not being student or staff of an organization or institution,
shall not stay at a hostel exclusively managed and controlled by the
organization or institution without prior permission in writing of the
(2) The manager shall, within twenty
four hours from the time he receives information about stay of a person
mentioned in subsection (1), provide information in the prescribed manner
about the particulars of the person to the police through the fastest means
5. Identification of tenants and guests.–
(1) The landlord, manager or property dealer shall not allow any tenant or
guest to stay at the rented premises, hostel or hotel unless he is satisfied
about the identification of the tenant or the guest on the basis the
computerized national identity card or passport of such tenant or guest.
(2) The landlord, manager or property
dealer shall obtain a copy of the computerized national identity card or
passport of the tenant or the guest and shall provide such copy to the
police at the earliest.
6. Use of information.–
(1) The police shall maintain a database of all the tenants and guests by
categorizing them in the prescribed manner.
(2) The police shall conduct analysis of the
data for prevention, detection and investigation of offences.
(3) The information received under this Act
shall not be used for any purpose other than prevention, detection,
investigation and prosecution of offences of terrorism and other offences
under the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (XLV of 1860).
7. Inspection and interviews.–
(1) A police officer, not below the rank of Sub-Inspector, may, subject to a
reasonable notice and for purposes of this Act:
(a) inspect a
rented premises, hostel or hotel; and
necessary information from the relevant documents and persons including
landlord, tenant, manager, guest or property dealer.
(2) The police shall ensure compliance
of this Act through spot inspections and local verifications.
8. Firearms and explosives.–
(1) The landlord, manager and the property dealer shall ensure that the
tenant or guest is not carrying or in possession of a firearm or any
explosives other than a licensed weapon.
(2) The owner or manager of a hostel or
hotel shall keep an entry of any licensed weapon being carried by a guest
and provide such information to the police in the prescribed manner.
9. Change of timelines.–
The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, extend the
timelines provided for provision of information to the police under this Act
for any category of persons, rented premises, hostels or hotels.
10. Assistance to police.–
A police officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police may
call for the information about the ownership or title of a rented premises
or a hostel from any relevant office, body or authority maintaining record
of rights, transfer deeds or other title documents.
If a person knowingly contravenes the provision of section 3, 4, 5 or 8 or
fails to allow access to premises or provide information to the police under
section 7 or section 10, he shall be liable to punishment of imprisonment
which may extend to six months and fine which shall not be less than ten
thousand rupees or more than one hundred thousand rupees.
12. Cognizance and summary trial.–
(1) An offence under this Act shall be cognizable and non-bailable.
(2) A Magistrate of the first class
shall conduct the trial of an offence under this Act in accordance with the
provisions of Chapter XXII of the Code relating to the summary
13. Compounding of offence.–
(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Government or an officer of the
Government specifically authorized in this behalf may, at any stage,
compound an offence under this Act subject to the deposit of administrative
penalty which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees.
(2) The offence under this Act shall
not be compoundable if the accused had been previously convicted under the
Act or his previous offence had been compounded by the Government or the
officer authorized by the Government.
14. Annual report.–
(1) Every Head of District Police shall send a monthly implementation report
to the Government under this Act.
(2) The Government shall, before 31 March each
year, submit a consolidated implementation annual report in the Provincial
Assembly of the Punjab relating to the preceding year containing summary of
the activities and recommendations for implementation of the Act.
15. In addition to other laws.–
The provision of this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of
any other law.
16. Power to make rules.–
The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules
for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
The Punjab Information of Temporary Residents Ordinance, 2015 (II of 2015)
is hereby repealed.