Land Document Research and Registration

Land documents are proof of ownership and any land transaction in Belize will require one. Oftentimes, these documents are misplaced or sometimes destroyed. A certified copy can be obtain from the Lands Department but relevant information must be provided for the document to be found. Over the years, the Lands Department has made great effort to computerize its systems and this should have translated to data being more readily available for the public but some would dispute this. To obtain a certified copy of a land document, one must visit the main office with the appropriate details. Without the right information the Department cannot locate the document.Without assistance from a land researcher, it often takes several trips to Belmopan and if you choose a busy day, long lines are sure to be encountered. If you are one of the unfortunates, whose property is not in the system because of lost data due to  computer problems that have closed the Department in the past several times and you do not have your original documents, then your only option will be to hire a researcher.There are several units in the Department and the search will depend on what information you need to find. The mapping and survey unit provides cadastral information  that are necessary for further research or planning and land development. This information can be useful in locating a property for a title search, appraisal or applying for permission to survey or subdivide land in Belize.Officers at the Land Titles Unit, accept documents to be registered with the Department and provide information on their status. Here the documents are checked and if all is in order, the payment to be made is made at the cashier and the receipt presented to the unit. The document is accepted for registration and a tracking number is given to the applicant.Officers at the National Estate Unit provide land information and update on applicants on the status of ongoing processes. This unit allows land owners to see their records in the register.If waiting in line is not your strong point, then having someone to do this for you would be best. Having all of the paper work in order will also help to lessen the number of trips to this Department.

 

 

Below are some Application Forms that you may find useful in avoiding a trip to the land office to get a copy.

Application to L ease

Application for Certified Copy

Application for First Registration

Application for Transfer of Lease

Application for Transfer of Title

Application for Subdividing or Combining

 

 

 

 

 
 

12 Comments

  • Reply Coni March 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Is it OK to purchase a lease land from someone?? If yes, how do I go about purchasing a land with out a lease paper. The lease paper has been misplaced by one of the past minister when trying to make it property. Also the land is in his parent’s name. And I don’t know where to start.

    Thank you

    • Sandragrant
      Reply Sandragrant May 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Coni

      You can only purchase land leased by the Government from Government. However, you can have a lease transferred to you and compensated the leaser for any development to the property.

      Before you pay, you should confirm that the Government will lease it to you and that the person is authorized to cancel the lease and apply for a transfer. You will need to pay the application fee and after receiving your lease you can later apply to purchase from GOB after doing the required development.

      Please let us know if this was helpful and if there is anything more we can do for you.

      Sandra

  • Reply Anne Porter January 1, 2018 at 9:27 am

    How can I go about obtaining the land of my missing spouse? We are legally married and have children together. 

    • Sandragrant
      Reply Sandragrant February 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Hi Anne,

      We recently recovered your comment and hope that our reply will be relevant still.

      You can apply for a Grant of Administration from the Belize Supreme Court to claim his land. However, you will need to provide a death certificate and if he is still only missing that would be a problem.

      Please send a requset from our contact page if you need assistance.

  • Reply Grace August 30, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    How can i go about (the steps) to do a title search at lands department?

    • Reply Joe October 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Hi Grace, did you figure out how to do this? i have the same request. [email protected]

  • Reply Kadz February 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Where can i do a research on a land thay was own by someone who didnt have any relatives and has been deceased for the past 20 years

    • Sandragrant
      Reply Sandragrant February 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      All land matters are registered at the Lands Department on Queen Elizabeth Blvd in Belmopan. Additional search for older documents at the National Archives on Unity Blvd, Belmopan may be necessary.

  • Reply Michelle bowman July 5, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I want to find out how I can own a piece of land. Let me know please…

    • Sandragrant
      Reply Sandragrant July 5, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      With almost all crown land reserved, leased or sold, the easy way would be purchasing from a private land owner. This could be just a house lot with or without a building or it could be a portion of a property. Farmland ranging from 10 – over 1000 acres are also readily available. If you have cash that would be accepted. If not, banks and other lending institution would be willing to finance the purchase. In Belize squatting (unauthorized occupancy) can also get you land. There are two types of squatting. Some squat on unused crown land outside reserved areas. After a while they can apply for lease and eventually a title. This is risky as what may appear to be unused governent land could hold a lease or title and the owner can lay claim at any time, using the court if necessary. Others squat on abandon property or properties where deceased owners have no heirs. After 30 years, they can apply for ownership through squatters rights. Buying is always the best way to go and we can help to find that perfect piece of Belize.

  • Sandragrant
    Reply Sandragrant March 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

    You can use this converter http://www.latlong.net/lat-long-utm.html. Google Earth has an option to use lat/long for place markers.

  • Reply ian March 1, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    How do I change the old lat/Long reference given on land servay maps to WGS84 to use with Google maps?

    Is there an online calculator?

    Thank you

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