How to Obtain Suitability Certificate to Operate a Pharmacy In Uganda

Obtain Suitability Certificate to Operate a Pharmacy In Uganda By Online

  1. Any applicant for new pharmacies wholesale and retail should be able to obtain a certificate of suitability of the location to run the retail and wholesale pharmacy from the Municipal Council Authority near your location.
  2. Make sure you fill out the proper application form according to the instructions of the Municipal council.
  3. After filling out the form, then pay the prescribed fee.
  4. Get your certificate of suitability to run a pharmacy from the municipality where you submitted your application within one day of the date your application was received by the municipal level in the event of no rejection.

Required Documents For Obtain Suitability Certificate to Operate a Pharmacy

  • Completely filled out application form to obtain a certificate of the appropriateness of premises.
  • The application form must be filled in completely to obtain the Licence.
  • Documentation of the payment of fees prescribed by law.
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association in the case of an entity *corporate or partnership deeds in the case of partnership.
  • The evidence suggests that one directors in the company is pharmacist.
  • A sketch plan of the building with consideration of the floor area that is required to be used for retail, wholesale and storage space.
  • A certified copy of the certificate of registration issued by the supervisory pharmacist.
  • Commitment letters from the supervisory pharmacist and professional staff.
  • Certificate copy of a valid certificate of registration/enrollment with the relevant professional body for the professional auxiliary.
  • For retail/wholesale pharmacies (veterinary) an original an official certificate from the veterinary profession.

Office Locations and Contacts

National Drug Authority Secretariat office
Plot No. 19 Rumee Towers, Lumumba Avenue,
P.O. Box 23096 Kampala, Uganda.
Tel: +256-414-255665, +256-414-347391/2
Fax:(256) 41-255758
Website : Drug Authority

Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda
Plot 22 Tufnell Drive, Kamwokya Kampala
P.O. 3774 Kampala, Uganda.

The Kampala Capital City Authority – Head Office
Tel: +256 204 660000, +256 414 581294
Physical Address: Plot 1-3 Sir Appolo Kaggwa Road
The address for the postal envelope is PO BOX 7010 Kampala, Uganda
Kampala Capital City Kampala Capital City
Mailing Address: Email this Agency
Website: Capital City Authority

Ministry of Local Government
Workers are in the House
2nd Floor Southern Wing
P.O. 70737 Kampala
Tel: +256-041 341224
Fax: +256-041 258127/347339
Website: Ministry Website

or Call for your Municipal Council offices across the country . Regional Offices of the Municipality
Municipal Council Headquarters Offices all over the nation.

Gulu Municipal Council HQ
C/O District Local Government Airport road
P.O.BOX 201 Gulu
Phone: +256 751000910
Email Address:

Mbarara Municipal Council HQ
Council Building (White House)
District Local Government Lot No. 12 Galt Road, Mbarara
P. O. Box 290 Mbarara, Uganda.
Phone: +256 485420955
Website : Mbarara Municipality

Jinja Municipal Council HQ
Town Hall.
District Local Government Busoga Square
P.O Box 720, Jinja, Uganda
Email Address:

Entebbe Municipal Council HQ
District Local Government Circular Road, Plot 2A Entebbe.
P.O Box 32 Entebbe, Uganda
Phone: +256 772 489 466
Email Address:
Website : Entebbe Municipality

Bushenyi District Local Governance
District Local Government Mbarara – Kasese road.
P.O Box 01 Bushenyi, Uganda
Phone: +256-485-43575
Email Address:
Website: Bushenyi Municipality

Lira Municipal Council HQ
District Local Governance Lira District Local Government Lira Gulu Road.
P.O.Box 49 Lira, Uganda
Phone: +256(0473) 420219
Email Address:
Website : Lira Municipality

Kasese District Local Authorities
District Local Authorities Rukooki, Kasese
P.O Box 250, Rukooki, Kasese, Uganda
Phone: +256 392888974
Contact Email: /
Website : Kasese Municipality

Kitgum Municipal Council HQ
The District Local Government of Achua County Kitgum
P.O Box 28,Kitgum, Uganda
Website : District

Mubende District Local Government
Municipal Local Government District Mubende town
P.O Box 93,Mubende Uganda
Phone: +256-392080149
Email Address:

Hoima Municipal Council HQ
District Local Government Hoima, Kampala Road
P.O.Box 149, Hoima, Uganda
Phone: +256 772 566776
Email Address:
contact Link Hoima

Kira Municipal Council
P.O Box 25749, Kampala, Uganda
Phone:+256 0414696923
Website : Kira Municipality

Nansana Municipal Council HQ
District Local Governance Nansana Town Wakiso
P.O Box 7218, Kampala Uganda
Phone: +256 702 459893, +256 704 308272
Contact Email:

Masaka Municipal Council HQ
District Local Government Plot 11 Elgin Street
P.O.BOX Masaka, 201 Masaka
Mail Address
contact Link Masaka


  • Any person of 18 years carrying out a pharmacy business in Municipality/Division/Town/City/Kampala City Council Authority’s jurisdiction.
  • Other than those exempted by Section 8(2) of the Trade Licensing Act are eligible to apply for a suitability certificate in order to run pharmacies.


Costs to Retail Pharmacy within Kampala
Application fees:
Inspect the property for suitability Central division 1,060,000or
Application for Licences for other divisions 645,000=

Costs are for Retail Pharmacy outside Kampala
Check for conformity 276,000
Application for a licence Rural Areas 276,000+

Costs are available for Wholesale Pharmacy within Kampala
Inspect for suitability Central division 170,000/=
Applications for licences in a Different Division 652,500+

Costs to Wholesale Pharmacy outside Kampala
Check for the suitability of the properties Municipal Areas 28,000=
Application for an Licence for Rural Areas 250,000+


Validity: 1 Year.

Processing Time

Maximum processing time is 14 days.


To regulate the areas where drugs that are restricted are offered for sale.

The Information You Need

  • Name and qualification of the pharmacist responsible for overseeing the operation within the location.
  • The payment of the prescribed fee.
  • The layout of the building.
  • In the areas where buildings are planned to be built and the plans of the structures.

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