State type
Type of government
Monarquía parlamentaria constitucional democrática y representativa
Administrative Division

National Level

Gobierno Central

Local Level

Parroquia 12

National Urban Policy

  • "Vision 2030 Jamaica is our country’s first long-term National Development Plan which aims to put Jamaica in a position to achieve developed country status by 2030. It is based on a comprehensive vision: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business”.
    This envisages a major transformation from a middle income developing country to one which affords its citizens a high quality of life and world-class standards in critical areas including education, health care, nutrition, basic amenities, access to environmental goods and services, civility and social order." (Executive Summary, p.XXII)

    Vision 2030 Jamaica also sets out strategic sector plans, including on Urban and Regional Development Planning.

    National urban policy type:
    Partial - National Development Policy
    Policy temporality:
  • Jamaica is a constitutional monarchy. Since 2013 the country led a local government reform focused on the promulgation of strategic laws empowering local governance. In 2015 the country made a local governance bill with the aim, as the Ministry of Local Government states, to provide for the comprehensive reform of Jamaica’s local government system, through which Local Authorities will be granted greater scope and autonomy in the management of local affairs. The instrument created is the Parochial Revenue fund (PRF) which is controlled and managed by the central government and collects the principal income of local governments which are paid in accordance with the Property Tax Act and Road Traffic Act, the first being the most important source of revenue for the local authorities.

  • Territorial planning in Jamaica is performed on different levels. On the national level, various policies and development plans determine this process, such as the Visión 2030 Jamaica. National Development Plan and the National Land Policy, which represents the first document of its kind in Jamaica. It highlights the need to engage in urban and territorial planning and proposes a long- and medium-term framework to address sustainable urban development. On the local level, Development Orders, the legal documents prepared under the Town and Country Planning Act, are used to guide development by the planning authorities; the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development is the principal agency responsible for overseeing and guiding the advancements in the realm of the local development strategies.