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Uganda - Obtain a Pollution Control Licence

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  1. To obtain a pollution control license or permit in Uganda, Please contact the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) who should be able to help you.
  2. Complete and submit the application form that is obtained from the NEMA office along with the required documents that are listed under the Required Documents section of this page.
  3. Licensing officer arranges with the applicant on when inspection is to take place and about inspection checklist. Inspections are done on Monday to Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).
  4. On the date of inspection, licensing officer inspects the pollute land, water or air in excess of the standards or guidelines prescribed or issued according to the inspection checklist.
  5. If the pollute land, water or air does not meet the licensing requirements, automatically it fails the inspection hence the applicant is liable to arrange for another inspection.
  6. Re-inspection follows the same procedure as the first inspection.
  7. Only proceed to the next stage of the process after the pollute land, water or air passes inspection.
  8. Licensing process continues to the next step, where licensing officer processes the application form.
  9. Upon approval by the senior officer the license can be taken to the Environmental monitoring committee for authorization.

The Environmental Monitoring committee shall

  • within thirty days, notify persons who may be affected by the proposed activity of the applicant and invite them to make representations;
  • consider representations made by the relevant lead agency;
  • consider the application having regard to all the representations received by the technical committee
  • If convinced by the applicant’s documents, the environmental monitoring committee can grant or reject the application.
  • The license is then stamped with the departmental licensing stamp.
  • Make a copy of the Licence to be attached with application and inspection forms for filing
  • An appropriate application fee should be paid.
  • After confirmation and authorization from Environmental monitoring committee and other authorities the license is provided.


  • Where the committee rejects an application for a pollution control Licence, it shall state in writing its reasons for the rejection.
  • The committee shall not issue a pollution control Licence unless it is satisfied that the licensee is capable of compensating the victims of the pollution and of cleaning the environment in accordance with the “polluter pays principle" as provided for under environment Act.
  • The Authority shall maintain a register of all pollution control Licence issued Pollution Act.
  • The register shall be a public document and may be inspected at any reasonable hour by any person, upon the payment of the prescribed fee
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Report on an environmental and social impact assessment.
  • Information relating to the plant location.
  • Information relating to material or technology design
  • Document on an emergency preparedness and response system designed to prevent, detect, stop, remove or limit the impact of the pollution.
  • a contingency plan on pollution.
  • an addendum to the EIA report.
  • Site location map/google map of the project area also showing the surrounding environs.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

National Environment Management Authority
Postal Address: P. O. BOX 22255 Kampala,Uganda.
Physical Address: NEMA House, Plot 17/19/21 Jinja Road
Phone: +256 414 251064, +256 414 251065, +256 414 251068
Jurisdiction: National
Email Address:
Website:Uganda environment and managing authority
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (excluding weekends and public holidays)

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Provide eligibility criteria's for going through this procedure.


The amount payable for the Licence UgShs. 250,000/=.


Valid for such period as prescribed on the application form and may be renewed for such further period as may be prescribed by regulations.

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links
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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Maximum processing time: 30 working 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'.

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  • A person who pollutes the environment contrary to the Environment Act or any other applicable law is strictly liable for any damage caused to human health or the environment, regardless of fault.
  • A person who does an act or makes an omission that may aggravate the damage or nuisance caused by earlier pollution is equally and jointly responsible for the pollution.
  • A person shall not carry out an activity likely to pollute the air, water or land in excess of any standards or guidelines prescribed or issued under Pollution Act except under and in accordance with a pollution control Licence.
  • A person contributing the greater amount of pollution shall bear the largest burden in paying for cleaning the environment.

Required Information[edit]

  • An Environmental Impact Assessment Report.
  • A Health Inspection Report,from the City, town or district Council within which the pollution envisaged.
  • Certified copies of identity card.
  • Commitment letter for waste collection.
  • Report & Measures to prevent the pollution from occurring.
  • Report on best available techniques and best environmental practices to control Pollution.
  • Information on measures to minimize the pollution caused by the flaring or venting(if applicable in cases of gases and other matters)
  • Information on damage or nuisance resulting from the pollution

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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]

  • Any proprietary information submitted to the committee shall be treated as confidential.
  • The fees charged shall be used to promote behavior that conserves the environment by charging less fees for activities that reduce pollution.
  • In the event of acute pollution or risk of acute pollution, the person responsible shall immediately notify the nearest police, the Authority and the relevant lead agency in the manner prescribed by the Authority.
  • During pollution clean-up operations, the polluter shall keep the Authority, the police and the lead agency informed, and the Authority may provide the necessary assistance or request assistance from the relevant government department.

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.

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