Early in the period of colonial rule, the Gold Coast Colonial Government worked to reshape life in villages and towns by imposing rules governing the layout of towns, the location of town amenities (water sources, toilets) and even in some cases the layout of houses. While these “Regulations of Towns and Villages” were not always followed, this Gold Coast Government document provides insight into the aims of colonial administrators. The document outlines measures to control mosquitoes and requirements to dig pit latrines. It further provides guidance to colonial officials on how to "lay out" new villages as part of a broader "sanitation" scheme. To cite: Ghana National Archives, Kumasi, Reference 483 3633 2919. "Rules with Respect to the Regulation of Towns and Villages under Section 27 of the Ashanti Administration Ordinance, 1902." Government Press, Accra, 1911. 8 pages.