Frequently Asked Questions

The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission (BEST)

I have a query regarding the environment and/or environmental planning and protection. Where do I direct my question?
BEST can be reached at (242) 322-4546 or you can email us at inquiries@best.gov.bs
A large timber fell on my property. How do I remove it?

Department of Environmental Services

I live on a Family Island. Where can I find my nearest sub-divisional office?
The department has undertaken an aggressive programme to expand and deliver improved services throughout the nation. Sub-divisional offices presently exist on the islands of Grand Bahama, Exuma, Abaco, Andros, Bimini and Eleuthera San Salvador, Inaqua, Acklins, Crooked Island and Long Island. For more information, call (242) 322-8037 or (242) 323-2295.
When does my bulk waste collection happen in my neighbourhood?
If you are a resident of New Providence a waste collection schedule can be found here. Residents of Family Islands can contact Bahamas Waste at (242) 361-6841.
I have a concern about the bulk waste collection in my neighbourhood. Who do I call?
You can contact Bahamas Waste at (242) 361-6841.
There is a shanty town close to my residential area. Who do I report this to and when will it be removed?
An initiative of the Department of Environmental Health Services, the Shanty Town Project has removed illegal structures that were a health hazard as well as an eyesore in the community. For more information, contact the Department of Environmental Health Services at (242) 322-8037.
There are rodents in my house but I cannot afford to get them removed. Does the Ministry provide funding to assist me?
An initiative of the Department of Environmental Health Services, the Vector Control Programme has addressed the need for rodent control in communities. For more information, contact the Department of Environmental Health Services at (242) 322-8037.
Where can I find a list of public beaches I can take my family to?
Contact the Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority at (242)-323 0301 or you can email us at parksanbeachauthority@gmail.com.
A large object has been washed up to shore on my local public beach. Who do I call to get it removed?
The Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority is responsible for removing derelict objects from any park or beach. Contact the Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority at (242)-323 0301 or parksanbeachauthority@gmail.com.

Department of Housing

How can I apply for Government Housing?
You can apply by visiting www.dohbahamas.com. Here you will be able to apply for home ownership, view our housing models and floor plans, and confirm the status of your application.
What are the criteria for Government housing?
The Department of Housing facilitates the construction of affordable housing to low and middle income Bahamians. To apply for housing please visit www.dohbahamas.com.
Do I have to go through the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation to apply for Government housing?
No, you can visit your own bank to apply for a mortgage.
I need to make immediate repairs to my house but cannot afford to make them. Can the Ministry assist with this?
Yes, the ministry aids qualified persons with small house repairs. For more information please visit www.dohbahamas.com
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