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    The Lands and Surveys Department, one of five departments under the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has prime responsibility for all aspects of land tenure in Belize.

    Mission:

    “A commitment to efficiently manage the processes of determining, recording and disseminating all information about land including ownership, value, its coordinates, its highest and best use for the socio-economic benefit and sustainable development of Belize.”

    The department’s primary functions are:

    • Management and allocation of national lands
    • Registration of Land Tenure
    • Authentication of Plans for all legal surveys
    • Sub-division of lands
    • Valuation of Lands
    • Land Use Planning
    • Land Information Management

    To effectively administrate each function, the department is organized into “Sections” and services are delivered through the following Sections:

    1. National Estate
    2. Land Registry
    3. Valuation
    4. Land Information Center
    5. Survey and Mapping
    6. Physical Planning

    The department performs its functions in accordance the following principal acts and the regulations made there-under;

    • Bills of Sale
    • General Registry
    • Land Acquisition (Public Purpose)
    • Land Acquisition (Promoters)
    • Land Adjudication
    • Land Surveyors
    • Land Tax
    • Land Utilization
    • Registered Lands
    • National Lands
    • Private works construction
    • Administration of Estates
    • Law of Property
    • Strata Titles Registration

    Structure of the Department

    The department is headed by the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys, who is guided by the relevant Acts. The Commissioner is supported by two Deputy Commissioners who assist by dealing with technical matters regarding land tenure, policy implementation, and related administrative issues.

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