Step by Step Guidelines for making Ordinances and Byelaws for Local Governments in Uganda

The Local Government Act, Chapter 243 gives legislative powers to local government councils to enact ordinances and byelaws for proper and effective implementation of government’s programmes, national policies and laws. The district councils have power to formulate ordinances while the lower local governments have powers to formulate byelaws. However, formulation of these ordinances and byelaws has been one of the challenges faced by local government councils due to limited funding and expertise. The “Step by Step Guidelines for Making Ordinances and Byelaws” are therefore intended to illustrate in a simple way the procedures for making ordinances and byelaws by both the district councils and lower local governments. These guidelines are based on the Local Government Act. In compiling the guidelines, we extensively used the “Handbook on Making Ordinances and Byelaws in Uganda, Revised Edition, 2010” by Uganda Law Reform Commission and the Third Schedule of the Local Government Act. This booklet is divided into five parts: the introduction, principles and key considerations for making ordinances and byelaws, procedure for making ordinances, procedure for making byelaws and conclusion. The guidelines provide the most simplified procedure for making ordinances and byelaws and are handy for both district councils and lower local governments.