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The Ministry dispenses its function through four (4) agencies namely; Social Development Commission (SDC), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).

Mayors & CEOs

Each Municipal Corporation has two (2) arms, the political and the administrative arm. The political arm is made up of Councillors and is headed by the Mayor. The administrative arm headed by a Chief Executive Officer, who advises and implements the policies of, the Corporation.

Local Authorities

Local Authorities, officially known as Municipal Corporation are empowered to make by-laws, regulations and rules for the good governance of the parishes over which they have jurisdiction.

About The ministry

The Ministry of Local Government & Community Development’s Mission and Vision

Opening of the Fairfield Water Shop in St Elizabeth

Vision: “We envision an autonomous system of local governance which is participatory, delivers the highest standard of service and promotes improvement in the quality of life of our citizens, while enhancing sustainable national development”.

Mission: “We aim to provide sound and clear policy direction, technical support and monitor our Agencies and the Local Authorities in a timely manner, enabling the delivery of high-quality services, good local governance and sustainable development for the benefit of our citizens, through partnership with stakeholders and a cadre of highly-motivated and well-trained staff”.



KINGSTON, Jamaica: The technical teams of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development (MLGCD) and St. James Municipal Corporation are to pour over plans and provide an estimate for the repair of several roads in South St. James. Portfolio…
KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie, has committed three indigent houses to the constituency of North Central Clarendon. The Minister gave the assurance following a recent tour of the area. “One is ready…
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie, has commissioned a $12 million water shop into service at Fairfield District, St. Elizabeth. “This is not the answer to the problems of bringing potable water to residents, especially in…

Local Government Reform 2013 Onward

At this point in time the main elements of the reform process are the promulgation of three (3) strategic laws; the entrenchment of the Local Government system in the Constitution; the promulgation of the new National Building Bill; and the Local Economic Development (LED) programme.


This section lists a number of achievements attained by the ministry on its route to Local Government Reform.

Ministry Papers

Theses are publications that were developed within the Cabinet Office in collaboration with the appropriate stakeholders.

Board of Supervision

The Board of Supervision, (for the relief of the poor in Jamaica), is a statutory body operating under the portfolio of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

what we’ve been working on

Here are some of our recent projects

August 22, 2023
OCHO RIOS, St. Ann: A $22 million night shelter to serve the resort town of…
August 4, 2023
KENDAL, Manchester: Ground has been broken for the construction of an indigent house for a…
August 29, 2022
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer): RESIDENTS of Maverley in St Andrew on Tuesday (August 23) watched…
February 8, 2022
The community of Top Aberdeen and in North East St. Elizabeth now boast its own…

Latest Videos

Opening of the Fairfield Water Shop in St Elizabeth

Opening of the Ocho Rios Night Shelter for the Homeless - MLGCD

Handing Over of Indigent Housing Solutions in St Elizabeth

Youth Summer Employment Programme (YSEP) Launch 2023 - Summary Video