About Us

The Municipality of Embu is established under Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011, pursuant to Article 184 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. This formed the criteria for classifying areas as urban areas and cities; establishing the principles of governance and management of urban areas and cities and provides for participation by residents in the governance of urban areas.

Powers of the Municipality

  • Prohibit or control the use and development of land and buildings in the interest of proper and orderly development of the municipality
  • To consider and approve all development applications and grant all development permissions
  • To ensure the proper execution and implementation of approved physical development plans
  • To formulate by-laws to regulate zoning in respect of use and density of development
  • To reserve and maintain all land for open spaces, parks, urban forests, riparian and road reserves and green belts in accordance with approved Integrated Urban Development Plans
  • Sue and be sued, enter into contracts and partnerships necessary for the discharge of any of its functions
  • Acquire by way of purchase, lease, exchange or gift; any land for the purpose of any of its functions
  • Establish and maintain such offices and buildings as may be required for the purposes of the municipality
  • Receiving grants and borrowing loans for development
  • Exploring alternative energy sources
  • Meet financial obligations and liabilities
  • Impose levies, fees and other charges for the purposes of any of its functions
  • Responsible for staff remuneration and all other staff expenses
  • Sell, let or otherwise dispose of any movable or immovable property of the municipality
  • Any other power provided in any written law.

Functions of the Municipality

  • Control use and development of land and buildings in the interest of proper and orderly development of the municipality
  • Consider and approve all development applications and grant all development permissions
  • Prepare, execute and implement approved physical development plans
  • Formulate by-laws to regulate zoning in respect of use and density of development
  • In liaison with the county departments, implement projects and programs that fall in the area of its jurisdiction
  • Street lighting and lighting of public areas
  • Establish and maintain recreation grounds and facilities for recreation on land belonging to, and on parks, squares and open spaces vested in it;
  • Establish, maintain, let and manage public markets and market buildings
  • Provide, manage and maintain car parks, bus parks and boda boda shades
  • Establish, maintain and assist information centres and inquiry bureau;
  • Establish and maintain camping, grazing and outspan grounds, whether within or without its area;
  • Subject to the provisions of the National Museums and Heritage Act, 2006, establish and maintain public monuments;
  • Enforce municipal by-laws
  • Waste collection, transportation, disposal and management
  • Town greening and beautification
  • Advertise and give publicity to the attractions and advantages of the area of the municipality;
  • Prohibit obstructions in or on public places and to provide for the removal and sale of any such obstructions and for the disposal of any moneys derived from any such sale;
  • Charge fees for any license or permit issued in respect of any person or matter, premises or trade, whom or which the municipality is empowered to control or license;
  • Impose fees or charges for any service or facility provided or goods or documents supplied by the municipality or any of its officers in pursuance of or in connection with the discharge of any duty or power of the municipality or otherwise
  • Any other function that is consistent with written law
Municipality of Embu