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Uganda - Apply for Certificate for Customary Ownership of Land

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  1. Get the plot and block number for the land in question;
  2. Request a search and obtain Application form 1 the Registry of Titles available at the District Land Boards offices and pay a fee of 5,000/= .
  3. The Applicant has to fill in the forms in triplicate and submit them to the Recorder at the sub-county, who is also the sub-county chief.
  4. The Area Land Committee puts up a notice on behalf of the District Land Board of applicants intention to acquire a certificate. This aims at informing the public of the applicant’s intentions
  5. The committee goes ahead to mark boundaries, rights of way and other forms of easements.
  6. The committee then makes a decision to the legitimacy of such an application using customary law as their guidance.
  7. The decision of the Area Land Committee is put into writing. Three copies are made. The original is forwarded to the District Land Board together with a sketch map of the area.
  8. It is a recommendation, which the Board considers and may either accept or reject with reasons for rejection. When the Board accepts, its acceptance is put in writing and it is sent to the recorder who then issues the certificate at the sub county.
  9. A Customary Land Identification number is given to each certificate of customary ownership issued and a fee of 5,000/= is paid.


Required Documents[edit]

  • a photocopy of Identification Card;
  • a photocopy of Passport photo

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda Lands Commission - Head Office,
PLOT 3-5 Portbell Road, Nakawa
BLOCK “B” 4th Floor Nakawa Business Park
Kampala, Uganda
P.O. Box 36408
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 0414-235-597
Enail: [email protected]
Website: Link


  • Anyone who owns original land can apply for a customary land title.


  • Registration Fee - UGX 22,500 (UGX 20,000 in fees + 2,500 bank fee)..


  • A land title has no validity period as long as it is issued by the authorized body and transfer of title to another person is not made.

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Processing Time[edit]

  • Processing time may be three (3) to four (4) weeks, however when the new digitized process of the lands office is completed, chasing a land title will be taking minutes instead of weeks..

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  • Visit the ministry of lands to acquire necessary application forms and accurately fill them.
  • Make copies of all the necessary documents;
  • Make all payments; and
  • Submit application to the land office

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name and address of applicant;
  • Details of the Land in question i.e. location, plot and block numbers;
  • Details of original owner.

Need for the Document[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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