Bhopal district administration is headed by the District Magistrate of Bhopal. The District Magistrate, as the head of the district administration is the key functionary of the Government, having vast powers and wide responsibilities. He is the custodian of law and order and the pivot of local administration. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the district and as such he exercises general supervision over various departments in regard to their nontechnical work. Co-ordination of the activities of various Departments, control over local self governing bodies, execution of Government schemes and miscellaneous functions, such as Panchayats, Census, election and relief measures in time of emergencies like floods, famine and epidemics, etc. also come within his purview. The narrative on the organisational set-up of the Collectorate may be divided into three main, viz.
- land revenue, land-records including consolidation of land and other allied matters.
- law and order and
The DM is assisted by the Additional Collector, Deputy Collector, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, Revenue Inspectors and Patwaris. The DM is also associated with a number of other committees in the district. The most important among them is the District Advisory Committee. The DM is also vested with statutory powers under excise act to implement the excise and prohibition policy of the Government.
The district is divided into 2 sub-divisions and 2 development blocks. Each sub-division headed by a Sub Divisional magistrate.