The Department of Lands is responsible for land allocation and alienation. Its mandate is to administer and manage Land in a transparent and sustainable manner in order to contribute to socio-economic development. The department is guided by the principle law that governs the administration and management of land in Zambia; CAP 184 of the Laws of Zambia and other laws and guidelines that have been enacted to enhance the administration and management of land in Zambia.
Structure of the Department
It is headed by the Commissioner of Lands who is assisted by three (3) Chief Lands Officers (one based at Ndola Regional Office and two at the Headquarters) and the Head of Estates & Valuation Section.
Functions of the Sections in the Lands Department
Land Administration Section: This section is responsible for allocation of land and ensuring that new parcels of land required for development are properly planned by Local Authorities (Municipal and City Councils), Provincial Planning Authorities, Department of Field Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Resettlement and subsequently allocated.
Estates and Valuation Section: This section is responsible for:
Legal Section: This section is responsible for the preparation of state consents for all transferees and assignees eligible to hold land in Zambia and who are bonafide owners of such properties. The section is further responsible for the preparation of certificates of incorporation under perpetual succession Act and managing property repossessions and court cases
Folios Section: The folios section is responsible for noting and plotting on maps plans received from Planning Authorities, verifying the availability of land, confirming the size of a parcel, changing of scales (conversions), map reading to help officers and the public to identify properties, inspection of properties and miscellaneous work assigned to the section.