National Land Titling Programme
How to Acquire
Under the 7th National Development Plan, the Government of Zambia set out a target of issuing 5 million land titles on State Land through National Systematic Land Titling SLT by 2021.
MLG Zambia partnered with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to establish, test, and implement a process for a systematic land titling program and deliver 50,000 titles in Lusaka.
The process in SLT included public meetings, adjudication, verification and corrections, and the issuance of the certificate of title.
MLG used a mobile application that included pre-vectorized high-resolution property images, efficient house-to-house data and signature gathering from homeowners, community verification, and machine learning to validate data accuracy, MLG rapidly gathered the necessary documentation for streamlined land titling on 50,000+ parcels.
Following the success of this pilot, the Lusaka City Council selected MLG to lead its property titling program and to develop and deploy a Land Governance Platform.
The First stage of implementation is the aerial photography and survey stage. MLG Zambia will be flying drones or airplanes, or using satellite images to map out in detail all the area features on the ground.
These acquired images contain details of homes, roads, utility services, public or forested areas, and will be used to do proper mapping and identification of upcoming property lines to connect to your title deed. We will identify the lines of your own property and those of your neighbors until we have fully mapped out the community.
This is the part where YOUR PARTICIPATION occurs in the titling programme. Enumerators will use our Systematic Land Titling application on Tablets to collect information and manage the enumerating process together with you, so you understand the process every step of the way.
Owner Participation Here:
Invitation to Treat
Land Record Card
Council Rate Bill
Letter of Sale
Deed of Gift
1. Enumerator checks if landowner has the correct documentation which is their National Registration Card (NRC) and any of the following documents as proof of ownership:
2. Enumerator checks property boundaries
3. Landowners details and documents are captured
4. Other beneficiaries are included and captured, these could be spouses, children over the age of 21 or any other beneficiaries to the property
5. Images of the property are taken
6. Landowners append their signatures
After Enumeration, field enumerators will take this collected data make any adjustments as necessary after the in-person meeting and verifications with property owners.
Textual data (like your proof of ownership documents) are then attached digitally to each property parcel for easy and permanent retrieval at any time.
The next stage is also YOUR PARTICIPATION with community verification of the title data up to this point. The MLG Zambia field team will return to a central location to have the collected information reviewed and subject to confirmation by property owners.
Property owners will either sign-off on the information (such as demarcation lines and ownership whether individual or joint), or dispute for resolution the recorded information, in readiness for the offer letter production.
For transparency, land use and verification maps are displayed for public awareness. All owners will see the respective property lines of the community and have general knowledge of the community land use.
Owner Participation Here:
General plans are delivered from MLG to Ministry for review. The documents are reviewed by the examiner, government surveyor, land officer and chief land officer, and finally the commissioner of land.
The documents are approved or rejected for revision and approval, and then subsequent spot checking is done for assurance.
After approvals, offer letters are issued to the people, and prepared for payment collection to receive the officially recorded title deed.
Pay the TITLE FEE
The final step to complete before you can be issued your Title Deed is to make your full payment. Once full payment has been made you will be issued your copy for title of your property, of which the ministry will also keep their copy for reference. With this Title you will have full security of your land asset, a potential to transact, and an increased value for your land. The gains for you, your family, and your next generation are endless.
Curious about acquiring land title in Zambia? Empower yourself with the knowledge you need to navigate the land title acquisition process smoothly and confidently by accessing our comprehensive FAQ page, packed with detailed answers to all your questions. Good luck with your application!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why are some sections in demarcation areas left out in the titling process?
The main reasons attributed to the omitted sections are: existing ministry titles, way leaves, environmentally protected areas and land where government facilities and installations are sitting.
What is the difference between a council title and a ministry one?
Council titles are as valid as the Ministry of Lands titles. However, in some cases council titles are not accepted by lending institutions as they prefer the Ministry of Lands titles. The Ministry of Lands has embarked on the complete harmonization of titles and wants all land titles to be under one land register to avoid double allocation and duplications.
What happens to people who started making payments towards their ministry titles before the SLT programme?
They can choose to continue with the same process they started or take advantage of this current systematic one because it is faster. If a client decides to take the systematic way, they would have to make sure that the sporadic process is discontinued by surrendering the offer letter and informing the ministry in order to avoid duplication.