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The Lilongwe City Council was established under the Local Government Act No. 42 of 1998 as a body corporate. The Council comprises the Political and Administrative arms which both derive their authority from the Local Government Act of 1998. The Political  arm is led by the Mayor who is an elected councillor. The mayor is in charge of 27 Wards each overseen by an elected Councillor.  In addition, there are four (4) elected Members of Parliament who represent the Lilongwe urban sector. There are also five (5)  ex-official members representing interest groups. The Administrative arm of Lilongwe City Council is led by the Chief Executive Officer who oversees nine (9) technical departments and devolved sectors, including Commerce & Trade, Engineering, Education, Youth & Sports Sector, Parks & Recreation, Health and Social Welfare Services, Planning & Development and Finance.

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Automated business premises licensing system

Automated business premises licensing system

As part of its reforms and in a drive to eliminate fraud in business  licensing,  improve  revenue  reconciliation  and accountability, Lilongwe City Council has now started issuing business licenses from the Automated Revenue

Management Information System (ARMIS). This automated system came into operation on 9 November 2020. Each license has a bar code which will be used to check the authenticity of every business license and be able to flush out fake licenses. The new system also means that clients will be able to get their license within 24 hours of payment.

For more information,  please contact the City Council’s Director of Commerce, Industry and Trade on 0999 334 404 or


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