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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

MLGCD Tour of South Manchester - Post #HurricaneBeryl

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, July 10 (JIS): Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has advised that some 500 municipal roads were affected during the passage of Hurricane Beryl. Addressing Wednesday’s (July 10) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, he…
KINGSTON, July 5 (JIS): The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and its partner agencies have commenced initial damage assessments of sections of the island damaged by Hurricane Beryl. [caption id="attachment_3740" align="alignnone" width="475"] Utility poles and power cables…
JIS (July 5, 2024): The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is encouraging members of the public to observe critical post-sever weather safeguards. After a severe weather system, citizens should continue to monitor updates from reliable, government-approved official…

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

February 20, 2024
New Port Maria Market officially opened PORT MARIA, St. Mary: Vendors and shoppers now have…
February 12, 2024
OCHO RIOS, St. Ann: In keeping with its responsibility to improve service offerings to the…
December 12, 2023
DENBIGH, Clarendon: The rehabilitated and upgraded Clarendon Drop-In Centre and Night Shelter was opened during…
December 7, 2023
KENDAL, Manchester: Two indigent houses have been handed over in the communities of Coley Mountain…

Latest Videos

MLGCD Tour of South Manchester - Post #HurricaneBeryl

MLGCD/NSWMA Truck Handing Over Ceremony

Youth Summer Employment Programme (YSEP) to employ 10,000 young people in June.

IMPROVING ACCESS TO WATER - Local Government at Work in Jamaica