Industrial Licensing Act


Industrial Licensing Act

Chapter 91

  • Commenced on 1 August 1969
  • [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
  • [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
An Act to control the establishment of industries and for other purposes connected therewith.

1. Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
(a)"board" means the Industrial Licensing Board established under section 2;
(b)"cottage industry" means, in relation to the manufacture of any scheduled article, any single unit of industry in which—(i)no more than ten workers are employed;(ii)no prime mover is utilised;
(c)"functions" includes powers and duties;
(d)"licence" means a licence issued under this Act;
(e)"manufacture" means to subject any physical matter to any process—(i)which materially changes the matter in substance, character or appearance; and(ii)which results in the matter, after being so processed, being a scheduled article, whether or not it was such an article before the process;
(f)"Minister" means the Minister to whom functions under this Act are assigned;
(g)"secretary" means the secretary to the Industrial Licensing Board; and
(h)"scheduled article" means any article falling within any class of product specified in the Schedule to this Act.

2. Establishment of Industrial Licensing Board

(1)There shall be established a board to be known as the Industrial Licensing Board.
(2)The board shall consist of a chairperson, a public officer nominated by the Minister responsible for foreign affairs and not less than two nor more than four other members, all of whom shall be appointed by the Minister.
(3)A member of the board shall hold office for a term of two years but shall be eligible for reappointment.
(4)A member of the board may resign his or her office by giving notice in writing addressed to the Minister, and as from the date specified in the notice, or, if no date is specified, from the date of the receipt of the notice, that person shall cease to be a member of the board.
(5)The Minister may remove any member of the board from office for inability to perform the functions of his or her office or for any other sufficient cause.

3. Secretary to the board

(1)The Minister shall appoint a public officer to be the secretary to the board, but the secretary shall not be a member of the board.
(2)All applications and other documents which are intended to be considered by the board shall be lodged with the secretary, and all acts and decisions of the board shall be signified through the secretary.
(3)The secretary shall give effect to any orders given to him or her by the board in exercise of its functions under this Act.

4. Meetings of the board

(1)The board shall meet for the discharge of its functions under this Act at such place and time as the chairperson may appoint.
(2)The chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the board; and where the chairperson is absent from any meeting a member of the board nominated by the chairperson, or if no member is nominated, such member of the board as the members present shall appoint, shall preside.
(3)The quorum at any meeting of the board shall be three.
(4)Questions proposed at a meeting of the board shall be determined by a simple majority of the members of the board present and voting; and in the case of an equality of votes, the person presiding at the meeting shall have a casting vote.
(5)Nothing done by the board shall be treated as invalid by reason of a deficiency in the number of its members, provided any such action is subsequently ratified at a meeting of the board by a majority of the members of the board.

5. Licences required

(1)Subject to this Act, no person shall—
(a)manufacture for sale any scheduled article; or
(b)erect, establish or operate any factory for the manufacture for sale of any such scheduled article,
unless he or she is in possession of a licence granted for that purpose by the board under this Act.
(2)The Minister may, by statutory instrument, amend the Schedule to this Act.

6. Grant of licences

(1)The board may, on application made to it in accordance with regulations made for that purpose and on payment of such fee as may be prescribed, grant a licence to an applicant, having regard to—
(a)the capital and technical skill available to the applicant;
(b)the siting of any factory in relation to the availability of power, fuel, labour, transport, raw materials, land and water;
(c)the potential production of and the potential demand for, the articles insofar as, in the opinion of the board, the production and demand are likely to affect the undertaking in respect of which application is made;
(d)the interests and conditions of service of the labour employed or to be employed by the applicant;
(e)the interests of the potential consumers of the scheduled article; and
(f)the general promotion and orderly development of industries and prevention of uneconomic competition.
(2)A licence granted by the board shall—
(a)specify the scheduled article in respect of which the licence is granted; and
(b)be subject to such conditions as the board may think fit to impose.
(3)The board may, on application made to it by the holder of a licence, vary or transfer the licence.
(4)When the board is dealing with an application for the transfer of a licence, it shall have regard to the matters set out in subsection (1)(a) to (f).
(5)The board may attach conditions to the licence being transferred or vary the existing conditions.

7. Publication of applications

The secretary shall, by way of a notice in the Gazette, and in a newspaper circulating in the locality publish every application for a new licence.

8. Objections

(1)Any person who is likely to be adversely affected by the grant of a licence under this Act may lodge an objection with the secretary not later than thirty days from the date of publication of the application.
(2)Any objection lodged with the secretary under subsection (1) shall be in writing and shall set out the grounds upon which the objector claims that he or she will be adversely affected by the grant of the licence.
(3)A copy of any objection lodged with the secretary under subsection (1) shall be served by registered post by the objector on the applicant, and the objection itself shall be certified by the objector accordingly.

9. Inquiry

(1)The board shall, as soon as practicable after the expiration of thirty days next following the date of publication of the application, meet for the purpose of inquiring into any application made under this Act.
(2)The secretary shall notify, in writing, the applicant and the objector, if any, of the date, time and place of the board’s inquiry into the application.
(3)At an inquiry held under subsection (1) the applicant and the objector shall be entitled to be present or be represented and to be heard.
(4)The board may at any stage of an inquiry adjourn the inquiry for the purpose of obtaining further evidence or information.

10. Refund of fee

Where the board refuses to grant a licence, any fee paid by the applicant under section 6 shall be refunded to him or her.

11. Revocation of licence

(1)Where the board is satisfied that the holder of a licence under this Act has failed—
(a)to manufacture for sale any of the scheduled articles specified in his or her licence or to operate any factory for the manufacture for sale of the specified scheduled articles within a reasonable time since the licence was granted;
(b)to maintain a minimum level of production of such specified scheduled articles; or
(c)to comply with any conditions attached to his or her licence,
it may revoke or vary the terms or conditions of the licence or make any other order including the variation of the terms or conditions of the licence.
(2)Before the board varies or revokes a licence under this section, it shall by notice in writing call upon the holder of a licence to show cause why his or her licence should not be varied or revoked within thirty days from the date of the notice.
(3)Where the board varies or revokes a licence under this section, it shall inform, in writing, the holder of the licence of the reason why his or her licence has been revoked.

12. Appeals

(1)Any person aggrieved by the refusal of the board to grant him or her a licence or by the decision of the board to vary or revoke his or her licence under this Act may appeal in writing to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(2)An appeal under this section shall be lodged within thirty days from the date on which the applicant or holder of a licence is informed of the refusal to grant him or her a licence or the decision to vary or revoke his or her licence.

13. Regulations

The Minister may, in consultation with the board, by statutory instrument, make regulations for all or any of the following—
(a)prescribing the form and procedure of application for a licence;
(b)prescribing the fees to be charged for a licence;
(c)prescribing any other matter to be prescribed under this Act; and
(d)for better carrying into effect the objects and purposes of this Act.

14. Offences and penalties

Any person who—
(a)contravenes section 5;
(b)fails to comply with any of the conditions attached to his or her licence; or
(c)knowingly gives to the board
(i)false information during an inquiry in order to obtain a licence; or
(ii)a false certificate under section 8,
commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand shillings for each day the contravention, failure or commission of the offence continues or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years.

15. Application of Act

This Act shall not apply to a cottage industry in respect of any scheduled article.

Schedule (Sections 1, 5)

Scheduled articles

1.Pharmaceutical products
3.Perfumery, cosmetics and toilet preparations
5.Photographic and cinematographic goods
6.Travel goods (including suitcases, travelling bags, shopping bags, handbags, briefcases) made of leather or of composition leather, of vulcanised fibre, of artificial plastic sheeting, of paperboard or of textile fabric
7.Paper and paperboard in rolls or in sheets
8.Knitted and crocheted goods
9.Articles of apparel and clothing accessories of textile fabric, other than knitted or crocheted goods
10.Sanitary towels
12.Furniture (including chairs, sofas, tables and beds)
13.Bedding, mattresses, mattress supports and cushions
14.Toys and games
15.Buttons and button moulds
16.Fountain pens and ball-point pens
18.Radio and television receivers; parts and accessories thereof
19.Canned beef
20.Milled rice
21.Meal and flour of wheat
22.Meal and flour of meslin
24.Sugar confectionery and other sugar preparations
25.Chocolate confectionery
26.Cassava flour
27.Cottonseed cake
28.Groundnut cake
29.Sesame-seed cake
30.Other oilseed cake and meal and vegetable oil residues
31.Beer of all types
32.Distilled alcoholic beverages
33.Paints, varnishes, lacquers and enamel
34.Distempers, water pigments, cement paints and the like
35.Essential oils, perfumes and flavour materials
36.Surface-acting agents and washing preparations
37.Polishes of all types
38.Plastic sheeting, tubing and piping
39.Plastic tiles
40.Fungicides, insecticides and weed-killers
41.Starches and inulin
42.Leather, dressed or undressed
43.Tyres and tubes for road motor vehicles
44.Tyres and tubes for pedal cycles
45.Veneer sheets
46.Plywood and veneered panels
47.Cellular wood panels
48.Boxes, cases, crates and tea chests
49.Paper bags, paperboard boxes and other packing containers
50.Exercise books, registers, albums, diaries, memorandum blocks and other stationery of paper or paperboard
51.Other paper and paperboard cut to size, e.g. toilet paper
52.Fishnets and netting
53.Asbestos-cement pipes, sheets, ridging, gutterings and tiles
54.Porcelain or china householdware
55.Householdware of other ceramic materials
56.Sinks, wash basins, bidets, baths and other sanitary and plumbing fixtures and fittings of ceramic materials
57.Corrugated iron sheets of all types, coated and uncoated
58.Hoop and strip of iron or steel
59.Iron and steel wires
60.Other types of wires
61.Tubes and pipes of iron or steel
62.Tube and pipe fittings of iron or steel
63.Metal casks, drums, boxes, cans or similar commercial containers
64.Nails, screws, nuts, bolts, rivets and similar articles of iron, steel or copper
65.Wood screws
66.Hoes (jembes), axes, pick axes and shovels
67.Machetes (pangas)
68.Razor blades
69.Household buckets not enamelled of iron or steel
70.Crown corks and bottle caps
71.Earthpans (karais) and aluminum holloware (sufurias)
72.Gas and electric cookers
73.Batteries and cells for flashlights and transistor radios
74.Motor vehicle batteries
75.Other electrical accumulators (storage batteries)
76.Cycles (not motorised) and parts thereof
77.Brooms and brushes
78.Hand-scrubbing brushes and footwear cleaning brushes
80.Maize meal and flour
81.Vegetable oils
82.Manufactures of leather and of artificial or reconstituted leather
84.Bodies for motor vehicles
85.Motor spares (including brake linings)
86.Fittings for files, paper clips, pins and staples and other similar stationery products of base metal
88.Ropes and twines
89.Aluminum foils, circles and sheets
90.Compound animal feed stuffs
91.Yarn spun from cotton or synthetic fibres
92.Cotton piece goods other than knitwear
93.Cotton blankets
94.Woolen piece goods other than knitwear
95.Woolen blankets
96.Steel drums of 23 to 273 litres capacity and 26 to 12 gauge
97.Glassware of all types whether plain or moulded sheet glass and container glass
98.Metal window frames, metal doors, metal door frames, manufactured as single or composite units, and any metal fitting for such window frames, door or door frames
99.Enamel holloware, that is to say basins, plates and domestic utencils made from ferrous or nonferrous metal and having an enamel coating over the whole or majority of the article
100.Concrete—cement blocks, tiles, gutters, pipes
101.Glazed clay tiles, bricks, tiles and ventilators
102.Fibre brushes
103.Tarpaulins, waterproof canvas covers, sails and awnings
104.Boats, ships and yachts
105.Motor vehicle assembling and body building
106.Window frames, doors or translucent sheetings
107.Vehicles and machinery spare parts
108.Agricultural machinery and implements
109.Radio aerials, dynamos, auto and domestic power cables
110.Casks, drums and boxes
111.Tea chests
112.Sodium silicate
113.Oxygen and acetylene
114.Polythene foam for cushioning and mattresses
115.Sugar (refines)
116.Tea (other than unprocessed leaf)
117.Nonalcoholic drinks
118.Fruit preserved and its preparations
119.Artificial sponges
120.Drinking straws
121.Brake linings
122.Bacon, ham and other smoked meat, whether or not in airtight containers (excluding dried meat and salted meat)
123.Sausages and other prepared or preserved meat
124.Milk and cream dry (in solid form or semisolid form), evaporated or condensed, including buttermilk and whey but excluding skimmed milk
125.Milk and cream dry (in solid form such as blocks or semisolid form)
126.Butter including clarified butter
127.Cheese and churn
128.Fish and fish preparation, frozen or in airtight containers
129.Meal and flour of wheat
130.Meal and flour of other cereals
131.Sugar (other than refined) including preparations of honey
132.Coffee roasted, including ground and coffee substitutes containing coffee
133.Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa or chocolate
134.Pulp and waste paper
135.Toothpaste or dental creams
136.Miscellaneous manufactured articles not any where classified above
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History of this document

01 August 1969