Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, Gulu district chairperson says the municipality fulfilled requirements for a city status about two years ago. Mapenduzi cites the presence of various hotel facilities, a functional airfield, large labour force and the extended administrative boundary as some of the benchmarks of a city.
Gulu Municipality has rolled out a 16 billion shillings project that will see five roads with a stretch of 3.5 kilometres constructed. The project is financed by the Government of Uganda through the Uganda support to municipal infrastructure development (USMID). China Hennan International Group of Company (CHICO) has been contracted to undertake the works over a period of 12 months.
A 2010 assessment conducted by a team of engineers and health experts found that 114 houses out of the 224 buildings inspected in the town were in very poor conditions that placed the lives of the inhabitants at risk. The assessment, which focused on the structural, electrical, environmental and physical aspects of the buildings, found that only 44 of the buildings in the town were fit for use while 66 were recommended for rehabilitation.