View of Kjerag, overlooking the Lysefjorden View of a Viking house in the Landa museum in Forsand The municipality of Fossan was established on 1 January when the very large municipality of Høgsfjord was divided into two: Fossan located east of the Høgsfjorden and south of the Frafjorden and Høle located west of the Høgsfjorden. Initially, Fossan had 2, residents.
During the s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 Januarythe municipality was split, with everything located south and east of the Frafjorden being transferred to the neighboring municipality of Gjesdal.
The reason for this border change was because this area had no road connection with the rest of Forsand, but it was connected by road to Gjesdal.
The area on the northwestern shore of the Lysefjorden around the Preikestolen became a part of the neighboring Strand Municipality and the rest of Forsand became part of Sandnes Municipality. The first element is the prefix for which means "outsticking" and the last element is sandr which means " sand " or "sandy beach ". Beforethe name forsand dating steder written "Fossan".
The arms show a white heron on a green background. They were designed by John Digernes to represent a common bird in the area.
It is part of the Ryfylke prosti deanery in the Diocese of Stavanger. Churches in Forsand.