Arusha district council is among the two councils that forms Arumeru.Administratively is divided into 3 divisions, 20 wards, 75 Villages, 294 Hamlets and 64,339 Households . Occupies an area of 1,547.6 square kilometers. According to 2002 population and housing census the council had a population of 291,203 being 140,336 males and 150,867 females with a population growth rate of 3.4%.The Council now is approximated to have a population of 355,892 being 171,511 males and 184,381 females. Population density is 188.
In the East the councils bordered by Meru district council, In the West bordered by Monduli district council, In the North bordered by Longido district council, In the South bordered by Simanjiro district council. Either this council surrounds Arusha Municipal council.
Arusha District Council is Local Government Authority established under Local Government (District Authorities) Act Cap 287 R.E 2002. As a Local Government Authority it is body corporate and have perpetual succession. Capable of entering into contract in its corporate name, holding and purchasing or acquiring in any other way and as posing of any movable or immovable property.
Section 113 of Local Government (District Authorities) Act provides General functions of Local Government authority which:-
• To maintain and facilitate the maintenance of peace order and good governance within its area jurisdiction.
• To promote the social welfare and economic well being of all person within its area of jurisdiction.
• Subject to the national policy and plans for rural and urban development, to further the social and economic development of its area of jurisdiction.
The vision of Arusha District Council is to ensure that its people have prosperous and sustainable high living standard by the year 2025
The mission of Arusha district is to provide high quality social economic services to the community through efficiency and effective use of resources and good governance for improving living standard
General Council Objectives
A. Services improved and HIV/AIDS Infection reduced
B. National anti – corruption strategy internalized, enhanced and sustained.
C. Access and quality social services improved
D. Quantity and quality of economic services and infrastructure improved
E. Good Governance and Administrative services enhanced
F. Management of natural resources and environment improved
G. Social welfare, gender and community empowerment improved
H. Emergence preparedness and disaster management improved