Belize (formerly British Honduras) is the only member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) located in Central America, gaining independence from Britain in September 1981. While the Constitution of Belize (1981) references local government authorities, the Constitution does not define any specific subnational governance structure. Local governments of different types have come into being through different acts of parliament.

Subnational governance structure

Nature of subnational governance institutions

Functional assignments

LoGICA Assessments

LoGICA Intergovernmental Profile: Belize 2023 (Excel)

Additional resources

Country sheet: Belize. Panorama de las relaciones fiscales entre niveles de gobierno de países de América Latina y el Caribe. 2022.

Belize Country Profile (Commonwealth Local Government Forum)

Local government country profile: Belize (UN Women)

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Last updated: April 20, 2024