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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”.



KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will undertake the “Paint The City’ initiative aimed at generating employment as well as beautifying and upgrading town centres. “This Ministry will take stewardship of this $300 million initiative. It…
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has announced that well-known entertainment venue Rick’s Cafe in western Jamaica, has been closed after hosting a party that breached the Orders under the Disaster Risk Management Act.   “Under…
KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will this year roll out a $650 million programme aimed at improving the lives and economic well-being of rural areas. The Rural Development Programme will begin in Chambers Pen,Hanover during…

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