Friday, October 2, 2009

Lagos State Governor's Consent: How to get it - Introduction

The land use act of 1978 makes it mandatory for a holder of right of occupancy (both actual grant or deemed grant) when carrying out subsequent transactions on the land, to obtain Governor's consent, either by way of assignment, mortgage, transfer of possession, sublease or as otherwise applicable.

In Lagos state, which has the largest real estate market in Nigeria, the process of obtaining Governors Consent has been streamlined. This gives an opportunity for would be applicants to within 30 days obtain the governor's consent for their transaction.

We now give you a practical expose on how to apply for and get this vital step in acquiring a title:

The new Lagos State Government's procedure for obtaining a Governor's Consent strives to achieve, among other things, transparency of procedure, reduced cost, elimination of delays and ease of obtaining title to land all with the aim of fulfilling the Governors pledge of service delivery to lagosians.

The department responsible for the processing of applications for the granting of Governor's consent in Lagos State is the Directorate of Lands Services at the Lagos State Lands Bureau, Alausa, Ikeja.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Lagos State Government Land Certificate of Occupancy

This is the second part of a series on acquiring Certificate of Occupancy for Government Land In Lagos.


When the plot of land is eventually allocated, the prospective allottee is expected to make all payments stated in the letter of allocation given for the parcel of land applied for. A survey is prepared and the allottee collects the survey plan from the Surveyor General's office. It is then brought back to the Land Use and Allocation Committee (LUAC) office on the First Floor Room 4 of the Lands Bureau where the Certificate of Occupancy is prepared for execution, stamping and signing by either the State Governor or the Commissioner in charge of Land Matters before it is then issued to the allottee. It must however be stated that the allottee cannot get his or her C of O until all levies and charges specified in the Letter of Allocation have been fully paid.  

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Lagos Certificate of Occupancy For Government Land

This is the first part part of a series on acquiring Certificate of Occupancy for Government Land In Lagos.


The Lagos State Government, in order to facilitate housing delivery, sets up housing schemes in different parts of the state where plots of land are allocated to individuals and corporate bodies. Such plots of land can either be for residential purposes or commercial or mixed purposes in some instances. Whichever is the case, the use of the land to be acquired is spelt out clearly in the layout of the scheme. Even after the land is allocated, the allottee is still expected to get a Certificate of Occupancy on it to complete the purchase process and become the bonafide owner of the plot of land. 

To get a piece of land from the Lagos State Government, you start by buying the right type of form at the accounts department of the Lands Bureau.

There are plots in schemes that are considered as prime areas like Lekki, Ajah and environs. Forms for such schemes sells for N10,000.00, while other areas regarded as general areas like Badagry, Ikorodu and the rest sell for N5,000.00.

The filled forms are then submitted with four passport photographs, N100 development levy, valid Tax Clearance Certificate, the receipt of purchase of the form after which the person will be issued with an acknowledgement letter and file number on submission of the form. The time frame for the allocation of plots of land is not specific but the applicant will be contacted as soon as there is an available plot of land for allocation.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lagos State Government Certificate Of Occupancy Procedure

This is the third part of a series on Obtaining Lagos State Government Certificate of Occupancy Series for Private Land.


The bureau then publishes the application and observes a 21 day objection period in case anyone comes forward to oppose the application. A title search, as well as a site inspection, would be carried out. Consequent upon these, a report will be issued to the estate section of LUAC.

If there is no objection after 21 days of the publication of the notice and all documents submitted are found to be in the right order, the next stage is a C of O engrossment which involves it's drafting, typing and submission to the LUAC. After that it then goes to the Recommendation for Execution stage (Executive Secretary LUAC, Permanent Secretary Lands Bureau & the Attorney General for Justice).

After this stage, the C of O is then stamped and registered (stamping is done at the Ministry of Finance while registration is done at the Lands Registry Department of the Lands Bureau).

The Last Stage is the collection of the executed and registered Certificate of Occupancy at the LUAC.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lagos Nigeria C of O for Properties

This is the second part of a series on Obtaining Lagos State Government Certificate of Occupancy Series for Private Land.


The application form is then submitted, after it has been properly completed, to the Land Use Allocation Committee (LUAC) office of the Lands Bureau with the following supporting documents:

  • Land Information Certificate
  • Receipt for Land Information Fee 
  • Receipt for Application form
  • N10,000.00 Publication and Inspection Fee
  • Capital Contribution (subject to a minimum of N30,000.00)
  • Land Purchase Receipt
  • Agreement (Duly Stamped)
  • Copy of current Tax Clearance Certificate [for Individual Applicants]
  •  Copy of N100 Development Levy Receipt
  • Copy of (a) Company Income Tax Clearance Certificate and (b) Tax Clearance Certificate of 2 Directors of the Company and their N100 Development Levy Receipts. [For Corporate Applicants]
  • Site location sketch
  • 3 nos passport photographs with white background [Individual Applicants]
  • 2 nos survey plans (sun print)
  • Copy of approved building plan (if developed)
  • Copy of tenement Rate receipt (if occupied)
  • Covering Letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of L.U.A.C. stating all documents attached as above, inclusive applicant's address. 
After submission of the above, you will be entitled to collect an acknowledgement slip from LUAC proving their receipt of all the stated documents.

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Lagos Nigeria Certificate of Occupancy

This is the first part of a series on Obtaining Lagos State Government Certificate of Occupancy Series for Private Land.


The first part is to apply for land information from the State Surveyor General's Office and application letter attached with 2 nos Survey Plan (Sun Print). The application fee is also payable to the Surveyor General's office. Eventually a Land Information Certificate will be issued explaining to the applicant the status of the land; whether acquired, excised, or that it falls under regularisation.

Immediately the status of the land is clarified, that it is not acquired or on the under hand does not fall under regularisation, the prospective C of O owner can then proceed to purchase a private C of O Application form at the Accounts Department of the Lagos Lands Bureau.

Application for residential land sells for N5,000.00 while that of commercial land sells for N20,000.00

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ogba Medium Income Estate etc

In Ogba, at the LSDPC medium income estate phase 4, a 4 bedroom bungalow is available for rent. It is going for

In the Meiran areaof Lagos State, a 3 bedroom bungalow in a compound of 2 nos is going for N250,000 per annum.

For sale is a new block of 4 numbers 3 bedroom flats located off AIT Road, Alagbado and costing N16million.

Are you looking to buy a 3 Bedroom bungalow near Agege. Get one available at Labak Estate for N13.5 million.

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