Frequently Asked Questions

Disaster Prevention

The ODPEM is the National coordinating agency which has responsibility for Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction while the KSAC EOC is the parish coordinating unit with the same responsibilities. The ODPEM coordinates through Committees the main one being the National Disaster Committee which is chaired by the Prime Minister and meets at least once per year. This committee comprises all agencies that play an integral part in Disaster Management at the national level. At the Parish level there is a Parish Disaster Coordinator and a Parish Disaster Committee. The Parish Disaster Committee is headed by the Mayor/ Custos and submits reports on the preparedness of the parish based on reports from the members of the committee.

The Mayor – Chairman The Custos – Honorary Chairman Town Clerk Parish Disaster Coordinator Councillors Jamaica Constabulary Force (Senior Officers) Jamaica Fire Brigade KSA Public Health Department ( Chief Public Inspector and Senior Medical Officer) Inspector of Poor City Engineer Parish Managers for Public Utilities (JPS, NWC, LIME, FLOW, DIGICEL, Cable Operators) Ministry of Labour and Social Security (Parish Manager) RADA NWA SDC NGO’s/ Church Groups (Red Cross, Salvation Army, ADRA, Catholic Relief Services, St Patrick’s Ranger) JIS Chamber of Commerce/ Private Sector

The development and maintenance of Parish Plans Ensuring the functionality of Sub- committees Public education on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and practices Training of community and parish partners in DRR practices Simulation exercises Maintain an up-to-date contact list Stock local stores with emergency and relief items for emergency disaster events Assist in preparing, participating and assessing joint annual exercises with all response services of the Parish Emergency Operation Centre and submit after action reports to ODPEM Advising the Parish Disaster Committee During time of emergencies: responsibility for the activating, operating and deactivating of the EOC Coordinating the activities of the relevant operational agencies Supporting the operational agencies by facilitating access to available resourced Handling request for EMERGENCY/ DISASTER assistance/ relief. Monitoring the emergency event and assessing the physical impact

Frequently Asked Questions of the EOC

What is the KSAC EOC?
The KSAC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is the Disaster Unit of the municipality that handles disaster related matters such as fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.

What is the link between the KSAC EOC and ODPEM? 
The ODPEM is the National coordinating agency which has responsibility for Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction while the KSAC EOC is the parish coordinating unit with the same responsibilities. The ODPEM coordinates through Committees the main one being the National Disaster Committee which is chaired by the Prime Minister and meets at least once per year. This committee comprises all agencies that play an integral part in Disaster Management at the national level. At the Parish level there is a Parish Disaster Coordinator and a Parish Disaster Committee.  The Parish Disaster Committee is headed by the Mayor/ Custos and submits reports on the preparedness of the parish based on reports from the members of the committee.
 
Who are the members of the Parish Disaster Committee? 

The Mayor – Chairman
The Custos – Honorary Chairman
Town Clerk
Parish Disaster Coordinator
Councillors
Jamaica Constabulary Force (Senior Officers)
Jamaica Fire Brigade
KSA Public Health Department ( Chief Public Inspector and Senior Medical Officer)
Inspector of Poor
City Engineer
Parish Managers for Public Utilities (JPS, NWC, LIME, FLOW, DIGICEL, Cable Operators)
Ministry of Labour and Social Security (Parish Manager)
RADA
NWA
SDC
NGO’s/ Church Groups (Red Cross, Salvation Army, ADRA, Catholic Relief Services, St Patrick’s Ranger)
JIS
Chamber of Commerce/ Private Sector

What are the responsibilities of the Disaster Unit? 
The development and maintenance of Parish Plans
Ensuring the functionality of Sub- committees
Public education on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and practices
Training of community and parish partners in DRR practices
Simulation exercises
Maintain an up-to-date contact list
Stock local stores with emergency and relief items for emergency disaster events
Assist in preparing, participating and assessing joint annual exercises with all response services of the Parish Emergency Operation Centre and submit after action reports to ODPEM
Advising the Parish Disaster Committee
During time of emergencies: responsibility for the activating, operating and deactivating of the EOC
Coordinating the activities of the relevant operational agencies
Supporting the operational agencies by facilitating access to available resourced
Handling request for EMERGENCY/ DISASTER assistance/ relief.
Monitoring the emergency event and assessing the physical impact   
 
 

The KSAC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is the Disaster Unit of the municipality that handles disaster related matters such as fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.

Commercial Services

Why should I be a Licenced Practitioner?

Under the revised Kingston & St. Andrew Public Health Regulations 2004  Barbers, Barbershop, Hairdressers, Beauty Therapist, Cosmetologist and Beauty Salon that all persons and establishment in Kingston & St. Andrew are required to be licenced by KSAC. 
What document do I need to become a licenced practitioner or to licence my business; Barber, Hairdresser, Cosmetologist, Beauty Therapist, Massage Therapist?

A health certificate issued by the Medical Officer (Health) dated no earlier than two weeks prior to the date of the application.
Two attested photographs of the applicant taken no earlier than one month prior to the date of the application.
A certified copy of the relevant certificate or diploma granted to a professional training institution. 

What document Trainee needs?

Letter from a Justice of Peace
Letter from a licenced practitioner that the person will be employed as a trainee.
Satisfies the local board that he is enrolled as a student in a professional training institution and will complete his/her training within 12 months of the granting of the licence. 

What document Barbers and Beauty Salon need?

Completed application form
Two attested photograph of the applicant taken no earlier than one month prior to the date of the application. 

What are the procedures for licencing a practitioner or establishment?

Pay required fees to the KSAC
Apply for a Health Certificate at the Public Health Department- 5 Marescaux Road Kingston 5.
Complete application form (Forms obtainable at the Public Health Office) and submit required documents.
On requirements being met Licence will be issued by the KSAC. 

What about other branches of the business?

Where a person operates more than one branch of a business, an application for a Licences shall be made in respect to each branch. 
What are the Fees

Barbers Licence                  $2,500.00
Renewal of Barber Lic.        $2,500.00
Trainee Licnces                   $   500.00
Health Certificate                 $   500.00
Hairdressers                        $3,000.00
Renewal Hairdressers         $3,000.00
Shop Licences                     $5,000.00
Beauty Salon                       $4,000.00
Renewal Beauty Salon        $3,500.00 

What is the expired date of the licences issued?

Each Licence has an expiry date of one year and from the date of issue. 

What are the Penalties?

Any person who contravenes the provision of the regulations shall be liable to a summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate, who determines the fine.

Payments

Frequently asked questions and answers

How do I get a copy of an approved plan?

Ans.  Step 1    Fill out and Access to Information Form at the building registry at the KSAC.
 The request may also be sent by email.

When done by telephone calls it is noted and the matter is dealt with however the customer is advised to fill out an application and directive is given during the conversation.

How do I get the form?
Ans.    Option 1
            Download application form from the KSAC website (ksac.gov.jm)
            Option 2
            Collect application form at the KSAC office (24 Church Street, Kingston)

How much does it cost to obtain copy of an approved plan?
Ans.    There is and administrative fee of $2000.00 for plans that have to be copied from external sources. However the total cost varies according to the number of pages of the plan and the size of each page.

How long does it takes to obtain copy of an approved plan.
Ans.    The stated time according to the Access to Information Act is thirty (30) days. However more recent drawings that are easily retrievable may take fifteen working days or less.
 
TRADE LICENCES
 
What is Trade Licences?

The Licences on Trade and Business Act which is managed and enforced by the Inland Revenue Department and KSAC. 
Whom is it applicable to?

Wholesalers, Retailers, Auctioneers and Newspapers 
What is the Licence Period?

April 01 of one year, to March 31st of the following year. 
What is the procedure for Licencing?

Attend the office of the Island Revenue Department
Complete application form
File an annual return
Furnish particulars for each branch of the business as to either of the following (retailers only) 
What are the fees?

Wholesaler                $1,000.00
Retailer                      $5,000.00
Newspaper firm       $2,000.00
Other newspaper     $   200.00 
Where Fees can be paid?

Fees MUST be paid only at Inland Revenue Department. 
Will a Licences be issued to me?

The Inland Revenue Department must issue a certificate upon payment. 
What are the penalties for not paying my Trade Licences?

Levy on goods and chattels of the business and/or court action. 

What if I am in business for many years and did not pay my arrears?

All arrears are collectable up to seven years (inclusive of current year) 
Where can I find the Inland Revenue Department to make payment?

1-3 Kingston Street, Downtown Kingston
15b Old Hope Road, Cross Roads
191c Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew 
How can I contact the Kingston & St. Andrew Corporation

24 Church Street, Kingston
922-8647/922-8648/967-4196
ksacorp.gov.jm
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