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Uganda - Apply for Hydraulic Construction Permit

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  1. To apply for a Hydraulic Construction permit an applicant shall apply to the Director of Water Development in the prescribed form, complete and submit application form .
  2. This form can be obtained by visiting the National Environment Management Authority:National Environment Management Authority
  3. After filling the application, the required documents and the application form should be submitted to the NEMA office or you can forwarded them to the:-
    Executive Director,
    National Environment Management Authority,
    P. O. Box 22255
    Kampala, Uganda.
  4. You are to submit the application documents with all the required documents.These documents include:
    1. Approval/ disapproval of District Environment Committee.
    2. Attach a map and detailed information showing area directly or indirectly affected by proposed activity.
    3. Comments of the LC 1 Secretary for Production and Environment Protection.
    4. Executive Summary of environmental impact statement (please attach where necessary
    5. Any other information.

  5. You are also to proceed to pay the prescribed application fees and submit the payment receipt together with the application documents. An application fee free of charged for the process.
  6. A processing time of 14 days is needed to complete the processing of the Hydraulic Construction permit
  7. On receiving the application, the Executive Director may issue Hydraulic Construction permit after taking any objections into consideration, on such terms and conditions as may be contained in the license.
  8. The executive Director may decide to contact the applicant through a phone call or Email to collect the new license at the NEMA offices.
  9. You will be required to carry your identification documents when collecting your new license.

Required Documents[edit]

  • Approval/ disapproval of District Environment Committee.
  • Attach a map and detailed information showing area directly or indirectly affected by proposed activity.
  • Comments of the LC 1 Secretary for Production and Environment Protection.
  • Executive Summary of environmental impact statement (please attach where necessary
  • Any other information.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The Executive Director
National Environment Management Authority
Head Office
Postal Address: P. O. BOX 22255 Kampala, Uganda.
Tel: +256 414 251064, +256 414 251065, +256 414 251068
Physical Address: NEMA House, Plot 17/19/21 Jinja Road
City: National
Email Address: [email protected]
Website:National Environment Management Authority



Provide eligibility criteria's for going through this procedure.


  • Application Fees: Nil.
  • License Fee: 500,000 Ugx
  • Renewal Fee: 500,000 Ugx


Validity: 2 Years

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Maximum Processing Time: 14 days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. 	
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url '' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.



Please provide other instructions related to the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

  • An Environmental Impact Assessment Report.
  • A Health Inspection Report, from the City, town or district Council.
  • Certified copies of identity card.
  • Commitment letter from the Land owner.
  • Report & Measures on the hydraulic construction.
  • Report on best available techniques and best environmental practices to control hydraulic construction.
  • Information on measures to hydraulic construction.
  • Information on the hydraulic construction.


Need for the Document[edit]

Please provide the need for the procedure. e.g. Birth Certificate - why do we need to have a birth certificate? 

Information which might help[edit]

  • The Rules do not make detailed provision on the permit application process particularly in terms of processing time lines.
  • This exposes the licensing process to inefficiency. In addition, all permits are issued in Kampala, which adds to the challenge of inefficiency.
  • Efforts are currently being made to decentralize the operations of the water authority to enable the issuance of permits in the regions.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]



More information which might help people.