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Apply In-Person

  1. If you wish to purchase or lease land through the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), you will need to submit your complete application to the UDC office. You can view their contact details and location map through this link:Link
  2. To submit an unsolicited application or expression of interest (EOI) to the UDC for a property that has not yet been advertised, you should make sure that you have a project plan or concept document prepared from which to extract the information you will need to include as a part of your application
  3. Write a request letter addressed to the General Manager of the UDC requesting to purchase or lease.The letter should indicate:
    • The purpose of using the land
    • The details of the person/s submitting the request
    • A buying offer for the land
  4. Attach all the necessary supporting documents to the application form and then go to the UDC office to submit the complete application at the service desk or you can send the application electronically through their email address
  5. Once the UDC has received your application for the unsolicited proposal of purchase of land or lease they verify your request and determine if the property is available for sale or lease
  6. If the property is available, they will conduct evaluations on the property to determine the current market prices of the said property. They can do this through an external property valuator
  7. Upon valuation, they will advertise the property in the print media and on the UDC’s website for public bidding or tender
  8. You will then be required to submit a proposal based on advertisement
  9. The UDC will receive and scrutinize the bid or tender you have submitted and once they complete evaluating the bid in keeping with the development plan to maximize the best and highest potential use of the property and its price.
  10. Then they will forward an award recommendation to the parent ministry and relevant authorities for decision making and approval
  11. Once approved and the UDC is satisfied that everything is in order, an Agreement of sale or lease will be prepared and issued for your signature
  12. You will need to visit the UDC to collect your copy of the final executed Agreement, which is now legally binding on all parties.


Required Documents

  • Request letter
  • Valid identification documents
  • TRN
  • TCC
  • All required documents by the UDC

Office Locations & Contacts

Urban Development Corporation-Main Office
12 Ocean Boulevard,
Kingston Mall,
Jamaica W.I.
Telephone: (876)-656-8031
Telefax: (876)-922-9326
Email: [email protected]
Website: Link

Montego Bay, St. James
42 Fort Street.
Telephone: (876) 656-9290
Telefax: (876) 971-7001
Email: [email protected]

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
Ocean Village Shopping Centre.
Telephone: (876) 974-5015
Telefax: (876) 974-2731
Email: [email protected]

Negril, Westmoreland
Norman Manley Boulevard.
Telephone: (876) 957-5260/3159
Telefax: (876) 957-9830
Email: [email protected]

Contact Details: Link


  • Individuals and companies who wish to obtain crown land through the UDC are eligible


  • No fee is required while submitting your application for processing


  • A sold property is valid forever unless resold to another party while a lease property is valid for the time stated in the lease agreement

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Processing Time

  • A Lease or Purchase will take eighteen months to process from submission of your application.
  • A Private Treaty will be processed within ten days of UDC’s Board approval.

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  • If your application is not approved, you can resend an application that will go through the same procedure for new applications

Required Information

  • Names
  • Address
  • Contact details
  • Type of tenure
  • Property details
  • Location of property
  • Current use
  • Payment plan
  • Proposed use
  • Declaration

Need for the Document

  • The documents issued by the UDC prove that you have obtained the proposed land legally as a lease or sale

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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External Links

  • Jamaican Government: Link


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