The cost of obtaining Cerfitifcate of Occupancy depends on the location of the land and size. These are the two major criteria that determine the cost when applying for a C of O, especially in Lagos.
A lot of people still don’t know how to go about it but this week, City People will explain how you can go about it.
First, a C of O in Lagos (Certificate of Occupancy) is a very important document that shows the true ownership and purpose of a land.
According to the law of the state, the Lagos State Government owns all the lands within the state. In order to gain full permission to take over a land, individuals and companies need to get a Certificate of Occupancy, provided they meet the listed requirements.
In addition, the issuance of the C of O in Lagos was used as a controlling measure against the increasing land fraud causing many individuals to claim ownership.
Requirements for C of O in Lagos State:
Wondering how to get a C of O in Lagos? To be factual, obtaining C of O requires some documentation. Therefore, You must tender certain documents before you can obtain the Certificate of Occupancy.
The Requirements for C of O in Lagos State includes the following:
Formal Letter addressed to the Executive Secretary – Land Use and Allocation Committee, Block 13, Room 4, Lands Bureau, The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Standard Allocation Form with Receipt. Example: Lekki Pennisula Schemes, Abijo Commercial and Industrial (Form for Prime Land); other areas (Form for General).
Four Passport Photographs with white background.
Evidence of payment of Income Tax.
Current Development Levy (In case of company, Evidence of payment of Income Tax of Two Directors and Development Levy).
All payment receipts of Land Charges
Vital Information Form
C of O Process in Lagos State
Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy in Lagos requires certain processes that must be followed duly.
The Applicant should purchase and submit the application pack to the Land Use Allocation Commission (LUAC) and collect an acknowledgement slip.
Day Applicants collect letter of offer of allocation
The Applicant should pay for the allocated land within 90 days.
A letter of confirmation is issued to the Applicant with a plot and block number.
The Scheme Officer processes the application for the C of O, signs off on the file and forwards the files to ES LUAC – 5 Days
The Surveyor General provides Scheme Officer with digitized survey – 2 Days
ES LUAC approves processing and signs letter of allocation. ES LUAC signs off on the file and sends the file to the Senior Special Assistant to His Excellency, Lands (SSA Lands) – 2 Days
The SSA, Lands vets the entire file and sends it with a covering memo to the Permanent Secretary Lands Bureau (PS Lands) – 2 Days
The message is relayed back by notification is the file has a query
The PS, Lands signs off on the memo and sends the file to His Excellency – 2 Days
His Excellency approves file and electronically signs the C of O – 2 Days
Upon approval and signing of the C of O by His Excellency, He signs off and sends it to the Deputy Registrar for further processing – 2 Days
The Deputy Registrar processes the file further, signs off and sends it to Registrar of Titles for final registration – 2 Days
The Registrar of Titles registers the C of O, signs off and request for printing of C of O – 1 Day
This process adds up to a total of 21 days.
The costs of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy in Lagos depends greatly on the size of your land, as well as the location. For instance, the cost of C of O for a land in Lekki will differ from the one in Ketu.
2- Requirements and Steps for Obtaining Governor’s Consent In Lagos.
Another important land document in Lagos is Governor’s consent. This is one of the must have landed document in Lagos.
Below is the type of document you must have before you can process Governor’s consent.
An application letter must be directed to the Lagos State director of land services and the land directorate. This letter must also include the addresses and phone numbers of the parties to the transaction.
Land Form 1c which must be duly signed and dated by the parties to the transaction and sworn to before a magistrate or notary public.
3 copies of duly signed Deed of Assignment, Mortgage; e.t.c
Locational sketch map.
Chartable survey plan (with evidence of lodgment of red copy).
Certified True Copy of root of title/ title of the property.
Photographs of property showing time and date.
Charting fee and Endorsement fee, Form 1c,
4 passports photos of the vendor (5×5) with white background.
Evidence of tax payment by the parties to the transaction.
Photocopy of the I.D Card of the processing officer
Administrative Charges for land services
The above documents are then sent to the office of the Surveyor-General of Lagos State for charting. The importance of charting in Lagos cannot be overemphasized. Charting is basically the process of knowing the acquisition status of the land. The survey can be carried out upon the successful charting of the land.
When a survey has been carried out on the documents sent to the Surveyor General’s office and no defect is detected, a clean report is sent to the land bureau and a demand notice is issued to the applicant for the following fees upon assessment:
Consent Fee, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty Fee, Registration Fee.
All the fees are paid via bank draft in favour of the Lagos State Government and receipts are given for these payments.
Finally, upon the completion of the entire process, the application is sent to any Commissioner specifically designated for that purpose by the Governor to sign the land document. When this has been done, the document is sent back to the applicant to pay stamp duty and the registration fee on the property.
The title number is issued at the end process, which indicates the property has been duly perfected having obtained the Governor’s consent in accordance with the law.