Departments

The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation currently consists of eight specialised departments with responsibility for specific policy areas, a department of administrative affairs and a communication unit.
  • Department for Planning

    The department’s area of responsibility includes management and development tasks under the Planning and Building Act relating to urban development, municipal land-use planning, environmental impact analyses, and regional planning.The department is also responsible for national mapping and geodata policy and is responsible for the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

    Department director: Director General Jarle Jensen

  • Department of Employer Policy

    The Department of Employer Policy has the chief responsibility for the management and development of laws and regulations, agreements, administrative provisions, general conditions etc for the government's personnel and employer policy.

    Department director: Director General Gisle Norheim

  • Department of National IT Policy and Public Governance

    The department has coordination responsibility for the public administration policy and the national ICT policy, for parts of the data protection policy and for electronic communications. The responsibility includes work on digitalisation and innovation in the public sector, the Personal Data Regulations and administrative responsibility for the Norwegian Data Protection Authority and the Privacy Appeals Board. The department is also responsible for the supervision of the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) and for the Norwegian Communications Authority. The department is the professional secretariat for both the Minister of Digitalisation Nikolai Astrup (ICT policy, parts of the data protection policy and electronic communications and for the Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Monica Mæland (public administration policy). The department is led by Director Jan Hjelle.

    Department director: Director General Jan Hjelle

  • The Communication Unit

    The Communication Unit coordinates and initiates contact with the media and the rest of society, and deals with matters relating to communication within the Ministry.

    Department director: Head of Communications Kjersti Bjørgo

  • The Department of Administration

    The overall objective of the Department of Administration is to ensure the efficient operation and administration of the Ministry and the coordination of cross-sectoral research and development.

    Department director: Director General Gunnar Andrésen

  • The Department of Government Services

    The Department of Government Services is responsible for public construction and property policies in the state civil sector and for securing government buildings with the exception of the Ministry of Defence and the Office of the Prime Minister in offices of the Ministry of Defence. The department is also responsible for shared services and infrastructure in the ministerial community and leads the work on the reconstruction of the new government quarter.

    Department director: Acting Director General Karl Anders Bilstad

  • The Department of Local Government

    The Department of Local Government is responsible for implementing local government policy.

    Department director: Director General Sølve Monica Steffensen

  • The Department of Regional Development

    The Department of Regional Development is responsible for monitoring the Norwegian government’s rural and regional policy.

    Department director: Director General Anne Karin Hamre

  • The Department of Sami and Minority Affairs

    The Department of Sami and Minority Affairs is responsible for formulating and coordinating the state’s policies towards the Sami population and the national minorities – Jews, Kven/Norwegian Finns, Roma (gypsies), Forest Finns and the Romani people/Taters.

    Department director: Director General Bjørn Olav Megard

  • The Housing and Building Department

    The Housing and Building Department is responsible for implementing the government’s housing and building policy.

    Department director: Director General Ann Ingeborg Hjetland

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