Because productive agricultural property may only be used for agriculture, the proprietor must ask for and receive approval for a change of land use in St Lucia from the appropriate authorities. Here’s how to get started.
If landowners desire to use their property for something other than what it was designed for, they should apply for a change of land use in St Lucia. It would be prohibited to build a dwelling or engage in any commercial activity on an agricultural land parcel unless the owner applied for land use modification. St Lucia has a set of land laws which is govern by DCA. The Development Control Authority is governed by the Physical Planning and Development Act N0. 29 of 2001 and its amendments of 2005.
Landowners in Saint Lucia Caribbean must request for a change of land use through the Development Control Authority (DCA). The department has the ability to convert the type of land from agricultural to residential under Section —- of the DCA act.
St Lucia land laws prohibit the conversion of forest, agriculture land and fertile land to residential use, allowing only barren or dry land parcels to be changed. Only a farmer is allowed to acquire agricultural property under these land conversion restrictions. Real estate developers have to get special permits to be granted authorization to use productive agricultural property for residential purposes.
Documents needed to apply for a land use change in St Lucia
The following documents must be included with the change of land use application:
- Identification Proof
- Deed of Sale (tenancy etc)
- Income and Property Tax clearances
- NIC clearance
- Documents about mutation
- Letter of intent
- One (1) Copy of Lodged Survey Plan – to be obtained at the Lands & Survey Department
- One (1) Copy of Location Plan (topographic sheet and LRTP Map extract) with parcel clearly identified – to be obtained at the Lands & Survey Department
- Three (3) Copies of the Site Plan (showing layout, setbacks, parking)
- Three (3) sets of Architectural plans to scale showing floor layout and circulation including a minimum of two (2) elevations
You can contact the St Lucia Land Registry, which keeps records, if you don’t have all of these paperwork. Before applying for a change of land use in St Lucia, make sure you have paid all of the bills and taxes associated with the property. The land must be free of any legal encumbrances in order to receive permission.