•In November 2022, City hall cancelled licenses for nightclubs that were operating in residential areas and said it will not be issuing permits to such premises anymore.
•Governor Sakaja said going forward, nightclub licences will only be issued to premises operating within CBD and specified streets within select residential areas.
City Hall has identified eight zones within Nairobi that will be fit for nightclubs and pubs operation.
The Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board has identified areas within the city zoned as Commercial areas by the Physical & Land Use Planning Act of 2019 for the purpose of Licensing and operation of Night clubs.
In a statement on Friday, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja said that city residents have continued to complain about noise pollution in residential areas.
"We cannot continue to have noise pollution in residential areas. Bars and clubs will have designated zones in the city within which they will operate," he said.
The zones include:
Central Business District: Tom Mboya Street, Moi Avenue, Kenyatta Venue, University Way, Koinange Street, Nairobi River, Haile Selassie, Uhuru Highway, River Road, Harry Thuku Road
Industrial Area: Landhies Road, Factory Street, Workshop Road, Bunyala Road, Uhuru Highway, Commercial Street, Enterprise Road, Lungalunga Road, Makadara Railway, Viwandani, Enterprise Road, Aoko Road Nairobi River, Outering Road, Dandora Industrial Zone, Kariobangi Industrial Zone, Mathare North Industrial Zone
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Westlands Area: Chiromo Rd, Crossway, Muthithi Road, Mpesi Lane, Mogotio Road, Parklands Road, Ring Road, Ojijo Road.
Ngara: Shopping Centre Muranga Rooad, Ring Road, Nairobi River, Limuru Road.
Uperhill: Upperhill Link Road, Hospital Road, Elgon Road, Matumbato Road, Kiambere Road, Railway Line.
Pangani Area: Thika Road, Muratina Street, Kipande Athumani Street, Mweni Road, Hombe Road and Ring Road Ngara.
Karen Triangle: Along Ngong Road, Karen Road, Langata Road.
Going further, Sakaja has also directed the enforcement teams to execute their full mandate and ensure noise pollution in residential areas becomes a thing of the past.
However, Chief Officer, of Urban Planning Patrick Analo said that the zones and others not listed are subject to review depending on development trends such as commercial and feedback from stakeholders' engagements.
In November 2022, City hall cancelled licenses for nightclubs that were operating in residential areas and said it will not be issuing permits to such premises anymore.
Governor Sakaja said going forward, nightclub licences will only be issued to premises operating within the Central Business District and specified streets within select residential areas.