Section 23 (1) of the Zanzibar Environmental Management Act highlight the power of Zanzibar Environmental Management Authority. Based on that section, the Authority shall have powers to:

  1. Provide directives on the proper action to be taken for the effective environmental management;
  2. Issue a stop order for any activity to any person who violates this Act;
  3. Irder an immediate closure of any activity found in violation of this Act;
  4. Impose fees and charges for the granting of environmental certificates, permits and approvals for services and facilities provided by the Authority;
  5. Change, suspend, or revoke environmental certificate, permit or approval issued in accordance with this Act;
  6. Enter into contracts with any person for the purpose of fulfilling the functions of the Authority;
  7. Seek an environmental information from any person when deems necessary;
  8. Seize any property which has been found in connection of violation of any provision of this Act; and
  9. Arrest any person who has been found in connection with violation of any provision of this Act.