Structure And Function
The Land Registry Section of the Lands and Survey Department is comprised of the Land Registry Unit and the Land Titles Unit. The units operate independent of each other, have different procedures in place for effecting their functions and operate under different legislations.
The Land Registry operates under the authority of the Registered Land Act (RLA), Chapter 194 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000
Strata Titles Act (STA) Chapter 196 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000
and the General Registry Act (GRA). Chapter 327 of the Substantive Laws of Belize Revised Edition, 2000.
Under the RLA, it is responsible for the registration and dealing of all lands situate within the declared compulsory registration areas in the Country.
The Strata Titles Registration Act is a follow-up to the RLA and allows for units resulting from the horizontal or vertical divisions or subdivisions of buildings on a common property, to be registered with freehold title.
The General Registry Act is responsible for the registration and dealing of all lands that is not within the compulsory registration areas at the Land Title Unit.
The Land Registry Section works closely with the Surveys and Mapping Section, which updates the Land Folio Interactive Map through the mutation system and National Estate Section in the registration of national lands which falls within these registration sections. It is the objective of the Department to eventually bring the whole country under one system i.e. under the RLA to assure a more secure land tenure and administration system.