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Uganda - Apply for Charcoal Burning Licence

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  1. Application for obtaining Charcoal Burning License should be made to the National Forestry Authority.
  2. OR submit your application to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development using the following address.
    Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
    National Forestry Authority
    Plot 10/20, Spring Road,
    P.O. Box 70863, Kampala - Uganda
  3. After receiving permission from the National Forest Authority then visit the Local district authorities (District Natural Resources Officer or District Forestry Officer), for endorsement and stamp on the permission.
  4. A charcoal burning Licence is issued to the applicant at the local government/District level.


  1. The charcoal burning Licence under the Act serves no regulatory purpose but is only a revenue generating Licence for the local government.
  2. Charcoal burning is an activity that affects the environmental safety of a community and therefore it is regulated by an authority with the capacity to manage the activity.
  3. Various Local Government Revenue shall consist of Charcoal Burning Licence

Required Documents[edit]

  • Movement license/permit.
  • Proof of possession of Uganda National Registration Card.
  • Selling license/permit
  • Declaration form
  • Felling permit
  • Permission from Local district authority
  • Permission Letter from National Forestry Authority.
  • Permission from Land owners.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

National Forestry Authority
Head Offices,
Plot 10/20, Spring Road,
P.O. Box 70863, Kampala - Uganda
Telephone Contacts: +256-312-264035/6
Email: [email protected]
Website:National forest authority

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
Amber House,Plot 29/33, Kampala Road
P.O.Box Kampala, Uganda
Telephone +256 414 344 414
Fax+256 414 234 732
Phone +256 414 230 220
E-mail: [email protected]
Website:Ministry of energy

Ministry of Local Government
Tel : +256-414-341224
Email : [email protected]
Website :Ministry of Local government


All individuals and other Stakeholders involved in charcoal burning.


  • A Licence costs Shs36,000 and will be renewable every month.

Other charges

  • Fees charge 60,000/year trading license
  • District fees 2,000/= (District Forest Office)
  • Movement fees 54,000 (Movement permit)
  • Receipt fees 70,000 (General receipt)
  • Town council 15,000 Town council
  • Security fees 2,000/day security fee
  • 500/per bag taxes


Valid for 6 months.

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Processing Time[edit]

The process takes 2-4 days

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  • The policy prohibits cutting of tree species such as Afzelia,Africana commonly known as Beyo, and Shea nut that are rare and take long to grow.
  • Under the new arrangement, charcoal dealers are required to get Licence for production and transportation of charcoal.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of applicant
  • National identification Card.
  • Registered Address
  • Street/Road
  • Plot No
  • Telephone No.
  • District of residence

Need for the Document[edit]

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Information which might help[edit]

  • Movement Permits are issued by the District Forest Office.
  • The charcoal burning Licence is now streamlined to ensure the activity is subject to environmental impact oversight by NEMA through District environmental officers.
  • There are gaps in the sector that need to be addressed. There is lack of knowledge amongst land owners about forest management which casts doubt about the sustainability of wood supply.
  • Lack of consistency in enforcing existing policy framework and relevant regulations.
  • Traditional and inefficient charcoal production technologies are still widely used in the burning of charcoal.
  • While efficient charcoal production technologies exist in Uganda and elsewhere, most charcoal burners do not know them.
  • As mentioned already, there is a weakness in enforcing policy regulations on charcoal burning. Most charcoal burners do not get the permits prior to burning charcoal.
  • The total charcoal of 34,474,888 bags is produced annually, considering an average full time charcoal producer, this level of production can employ up to 95,764 charcoal producers.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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