How to Register a Land In Jamaica

Register a Land In Jamaica By Yourself

  1. To register land you do not own, but have not obtained its title, you must apply to the Registrar of Titles of the National Land Agency (NLA). You can view the NLA office address map and contact information via this link
  2. Complete the correct application form to register land from any NLA or title office.
  3. Next, prepare all required supporting documents according to the “Required Documents Section” below and attach them with the application form.
  4. To submit your complete application, visit the title office.
  5. Pay the land registration fee. The assessor will verify the application and issue you a dated receipt with a number and the name of the person who filed the application. The receipt will contain the instrument number. This number must be cited when you make any inquiries about your application. Keep your receipt until you have submitted your application.
  6. If your application falls outside the exemptions category, you will need to pay the Stamp Duty and Transfer Tax to the Tax payer Audit and Assessment Department.
  7. The relevant authorities at the registrar will review the application to verify that it meets the requirements.
  8. The Survey department will then receive the survey diagram. This will ensure that the land has not been registered yet and that the plan is accepted.
  9. After confirmation, all documents are submitted to the Referee for Titles for consideration.
  10. After your application has been approved by the Referee, you will receive a Notice. This Notice will direct you to publish the Notice in a specific news-paper for the period determined by the Referee.
  11. Your Certificate of Title will then be issued seven weeks following the publication of your advertisement in the newspaper. This is if there are no Caveats filed against the advertisement and no Court actions commenced.
  12. After you have submitted proof of advertisement (i.e. the newspaper pages containing the advertisements relevant to your application) and paid the final fees, preparation of your Certificate of Title begins.
  13. To get a copy of the registered land, bring the receipt and application receipt to the title office.

Required Documents For Register a Land

  • A form for application that is prescribed by the Registration of Titles Act. It must be signed by the applicant.
  • To prove possession, the applicant must make a Statutory Declaration. A statutory declaration is a written statement that has been confirmed by oath.
  • Two witnesses must support statutory declarations of ownership to show that they have known the land for at most 30 years. In cases where there is no documentary proof of ownership, the applicant should be able to show title for him and his predecessors for 40 years.
  • A current certificate of payment for Property Tax.
  • If the land is being registered as a plan, survey pre-checked diagram
  • Any other document that you might have to prove ownership, e.g., Receipt Conveyance Probate, Certificate under the Facilities for Titles Act.
  • Other than plans, applications must describe the land in a way that allows identification of the parcel of ground using a reference to a map. It must also state the names of people who have access to the property. The description should include the following: the distances along each boundary, the compass direction for each boundary line; the names and addresses of any adjoining properties; the names and addresses of registered land; the title reference.

Note Applicants may need to submit additional documents depending on their case. A lawyer is recommended for anyone who wishes to register their land.

Find Office Locations and Contacts

National Land AgencyBusiness Service Centre 23 1/2 Charles Street
Kingston Jamaica
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)
Fax: 948-9513

Corporate Office
8 Ardenne Road Kingston 10
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)
Fax:978-0021

Customer Services
All Offices
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)

Estate Management Services
20 North Street Kingston
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)
Fax:948-9382

Land Titles Services
Kingston, 93 Hanover Street
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)
Fax:922-3858

Land Valuation Services
8 Ardenne Road Kingston 10
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)

Mandeville Office
G1 – G6 Golf View Shopping Centre 5 , Caledonia Road Mandeville
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)
Fax:962-9293

Montego Bay Office
3 Federal Avenue,Montego Bay St. James
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)
Fax:952-1549

Surveys and Mapping Services
23 Charles Street Kingston
Phone: 750-LAND (5263) 946-LAND (5263)
Fax:967-1010

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30am to 4:00pm, except on Public Holidays

E-mail: asknla@nla.gov.jm
Contact information and a map of the location: Link

Eligibility

  • Landowner of unregistered lands without a title

Fees

  • For details on fees, please contact the appropriate authority.

Validity

  • Land titles are inviolable unless they are revoked or rescinded by a court.

Processing Time

  • From one to twelve months

Requirements Information

  • Names
  • Address
  • Contacts
  • Information about the land
  • Land location
  • Declaration
  • Signature

You will need the document

  • A land title is proof that you are the owner of the land. It must be registered as required by law.

Information that might be of assistance

  • Register Titles Ack: link

External Links

Source

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