Kenya Constitution 2010 Schedule 4 on the devolution of functions
The Kenya Constitution 2010 Schedule 4 on the devolution of functions, transferred noise pollution control to the county governments effective 1st July 2013. Consequently the issuance of noise licences is now the responsibility of respective county governments. County governments will also be in charge of inspections and undertaking enforcement actions. All issues and complaints on noise should henceforth be directed to respective county governments.
NEMA wishes to assure the public that the Authority still retains its overall supervisory and coordination role. NEMA will work closely with county governments to ascertain that recommended standards are adhered to so as to ensure the public is protected from noise pollution.
Schedule 4 of the Kenyan Constitution also transfers refuse collection, transportation and disposal to county governments. However NEMA will license refuse disposal sites, refuse transportation vehicles and issue environmental impact assessment licenses for location of waste disposal sites.
NEMA retains the overall mandate of setting national environmental quality standards and ensuring that county governments adhere to these standards.
PROF. GEOFFREY WAHUNGU
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY