About Us

About Us

 The Lands Commission is established by Article 258 of the 1992 Constitution and the Lands Commission Act, 2008 (Act 767) as a body corporate with perpetual succession, a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

The current Lands Commission, as part of the Public Sector Reform Programs and the Land Administration Project, has been substantially remodeled by Act 767 to increase its efficiency and effectiveness.

The Divisions of the Lands Commission under the Act are the Survey and     Mapping Division; the Land Valuation Division; the Land registration Division and the Public and Vested Land. 

The Commission’s functions are as follows:

 (a)    on behalf of the Government, manage public lands and any other lands vested in the President by the Constitution or by any other law and any lands vested in the Commission;

 (b)    advise the Government, local authorities and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of particular areas of the country to ensure that the development of individual pieces of land is coordinated with the relevant development plan for the area concerned;

 (c)    formulate and submit to Government recommendations on national policy with respect to land use suitability or capability;

(d)    advise on, and assist in the execution of, a comprehensive programme for the registration of title to land throughout the country;

 (e)    register deeds and instruments that affect land throughout the country;

 (f)     facilitate the acquisition of land on behalf of Government;

 (g)    establish standards for and regulate survey and mapping of the country;

 (h)    provide surveying and mapping services where necessary;

 (i)     license practitioners of cadastral survey;

 (j)     provide land and land related valuation services;

 (k)    ensure that through sound, sustainable land use planning, socio-economic activities are consistent with sound land use through sustainable land use planning in the long term national development goals;

 (l)     in collaboration with other bodies instill order and discipline into the land market through curbing the incidence of land encroachment, unapproved development schemes, multiple or illegal land sales, land speculation and other forms of land racketeering;

 (m)  in collaboration with other bodies minimise or eliminate, where possible, the sources of protracted land boundary disputes, conflicts and litigations in order to bring their associated economic costs and socio-political upheavals under control;

 (n)    promote community participation and public awareness at all levels in sustainable land management and development practices to ensure the highest and best use of land;

 (o)    promote research into all aspects of land ownership, tenure and the operations of the land market and the land development process

 (p)    impose and collect levies, fees, charges for services rendered;

 (q)    establish and maintain a comprehensive land information system; and

(r)     perform other functions the Minister may assign to it.

Survey & Mapping Division

 According to section 20 of the Lands Commission Act (Act 767) the functions of the Survey and Mapping Division are as follows: The Survey and Mapping Division will:

  • Supervise, regulate and control the survey and demarcation of land for the purposes of land use and land registration;
  • Take custody of and preserve records and operations relating to the survey of any parcel of land; read more...

Land Registration Division

According to section 21 of the Lands Commission Act (Act 767), the functions of the Division are:

  • Publication of notices of registration upon receipt of an application for registration;
  • Registration of title to land and other interests in land;
  • Registration of deeds and other instruments affecting land in areas outside compulsory title registration districts;read more...

Land Valuation Division

According to section 22 of the Lands Commission Act (Act 767), the functions of the Land Valuation Division are:

  • Assessing the compensation payable upon acquisition of land by the Government;
  • Assessment of stamp duty;
  • Determining the values of properties rented, purchased, sold or leased by or to Government;

Public & Vested Lands Mgt.

According to section 23 of the Lands Commission Act (Act 767), the functions of the Public and Vested Lands Management Division are:

  • Facilitating the acquisition of land for Government;
  • Managing state acquired and vested lands in conformity with approved land use plans; and
  • Other functions determined by the Commission. read more...

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Contact us

National Project Co-ordinator Land Administration Project (LAP) Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources 
P. O. Box MB 212 
Accra, Ghana

  • Tel: 233 – 0302 – 0302 - 676139/667308
  • Fax: 233 –  0302 – 666801

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