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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

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”.



JIS NEWS Nov. 17, 2020- Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, says the agency is ready to proceed with work on the proposed waste disposal site at Winchester in St. Thomas. This, he informed,…
JIS NEWS Nov. 17, 2020 - The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is conducting an audit of minor water supplies islandwide, in furtherance of improvement measures outlined in the National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019. Two…
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie has announced the appointment of Mr. Leslie Harrow as the new Director-General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), effective Monday, November 2. “Mr. Harrow brings to…

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 12, 2020
Ground was officially broken for the construction of the first in 100 indigent housing solutions…
August 3, 2020
[caption id="attachment_2407" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie (second…
August 3, 2020
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will be…
February 5, 2020
FALMOUTH, Trelawny: Two indigent houses, built under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s…
Local Government Entities

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