Fighting the Novel Coronavirus


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

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 National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will boost its operations with additional sweepers as well as private dumper and garbage trucks, in anticipation of the increased volume of solid waste during the holidays.   “The Ministry will…
The 2021 Youth Mayor for Lucea, Hanover, Timothy Kent, has cited the resilience of Jamaicans as pivotal to building a stronger country in the post-coronavirus (COVID-19) era. The 18-year-old, who is a grade 11 student at Rhodes Hall High School…
(JIS) - Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has said that the government is engaging construction industry stakeholders regarding the development of more energy-efficient buildings that would serve to reduce Jamaica’s fuel bill. Noting that the…

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

July 18, 2021
JIS NEWS- Falmouth, Trelawny: Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Honourable Desmond McKenzie, broke ground…
July 18, 2021
FALMOUTH, Jamaica: Ground will be broken next month for the construction of a new fire…
July 7, 2021
PORT MARIA, St. Mary: The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is making a…
June 30, 2021
MONTEGO BAY, St. James (JIS NEWS): Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Honourable Desmond…
Local Government Entities

the following is a map of Local Government Entities in each parish