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Settlements, Public Utilities and Rural Development
Contact Information

Cor. Glen Road & Glen Road Branch #1
Telephone: 639-6800 (PBX available)

Assemblyman Ian Pollard

Secretary for Settlements, Public Utilities and Rural Development

Councillor Orlando Kerr

Assistant Secretary for Settlements, Public Utilities and Rural Development

Divisional Overview

The Division of Settlements, Public Utilities and Rural Development was established in 2017, following the realignment of portfolios within the Tobago House of Assembly.  The Division is currently engaged in the development of its strategic plan, which will chart the course envisaged for the next three (3) years.  


To improve the standard of living of residents of Tobago through the provision of affordable housing solutions, the enhancement of communities through Urban Renewal and the efficient functioning of Public Utilities.


To be the ultimate service provider in the delivery of quality housing, enhanced public spaces and efficient public utilities.

Departments / Units
Department of Settlements

The Department of Settlements seeks to provide safe and affordable housing solutions primarily to lower and middle income groups through the construction of subsidized housing units, the provision of serviced lots, and Home Improvement Programmes.

Department of Urban Renewal

The Department of Urban Renewal seeks to formulate a comprehensive and integrated approach to the planning, development and rehabilitation of business districts, aimed at improving citizens’ standard of living. 

Department of Public Utilities

The primary mandate of the Public Utilities Department is to facilitate collaboration among public utilities in Tobago, geared towards an efficient delivery of services to citizens.  The Department also provides street lighting and rural electrification to enhance the safety and security of citizens.

Electrical Inspectorate

The Electrical Inspectorate is an institution with the responsibility to conduct electrical inspections on domestic, commercial and industrial installations throughout Tobago.  The Inspectorate issues certificates on electrical installations meeting the requirements and practices of the NEC, TTS171: Part 1 2015, TTS 171 Part 2 and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission wiring of lights and power.  The Electrical Inspectorate also witnesses high voltage testing on H.V switch gears, transformers and high voltage cables.