The Department is head by the Commissioner of Lands and assisted by three (3) Chief Lands Officers and Head-Estates & Valuations. The department comprises of the following sections:
Land Administration Section: This section is responsible for ensuring that new parcels of land required for development are properly planned by Local Authorities (Municipal and City Councils), Provincial Planning Offices, Department of Field Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives and Department of Resettlement.
Estates and Valuations Section: This section is responsible for managing government property portfolios such as keeping on up-to-date register of government properties, managing the landlord and tenant relationship for government rented premises and vice-versa, valuating for the government in instances where the government require capital valuations for the properties it either wants to dispose of or purchase, managing the lesser and lessee relationship between the President as custodian of all land and members of the public or developers, monitoring compliance of the development clause in the offer letter and the collection of annual ground rent from lessees, monitoring compliance of the development clause in the offer letter through the physical property inspections and preparation of reports thereafter, conducting inspections that are required before repossession and other actions such as re-entries effected by the Legal Section and collecting ground rent. This is carried out by distributing bills and collecting payments in all districts and is facilitated by the provincial offices.
Legal Section: This section is responsible for the preparation of consents. All transferees and assignees should be eligible to hold land in Zambia and the applicants for the consent should be bonafide owners of such properties. The section is further responsible for the preparation of certificates of incorporation and managing of repossessions and court cases
Folios Sections: The folios section is responsible for noting and plotting on maps plans sent by Planning Authorities, verifying the availability of Land, confirming the size of a parcel, changing of scales (conversions), map reading to help officers and the general public identify properties, inspection of properties and miscellaneous work as assigned by supervisors.
"To efficiently, effectively and equitably deliver land, maintain up-to-date land records and provide land information in order to contribute to socio-economic development for the benefit of the Zambian People and country."
"To decentralize the Ministry’s operations to Regional and Provincial levels in order to facilitate easy access to land and land information.”
Commitment Statements for our Core Values
The management and staff of the Ministry of Lands commit themselves to uphold these core values in all public actions and to secure public trust and confidence through dynamic and visible behaviour. Through the commitment statements the Core values become internalized in the day-to-day operations of the Ministry.