Alien’s Landholding License
All non-national individuals or companies are required to obtain an Alien’s Landholding License in order to purchase property in Saint Lucia. The license is obtained from the Ministry responsible for Physical Development and must be registered by a local solicitor.
1. The applicant’s lawyer writes to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Development to request an Alien’s Landholding License. The application is forwarded to the Survey Department’s Chief Surveyor, which prepares a memorandum to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval.
2. Upon approval from Cabinet, the lawyer submits a sworn declaration and the draft license to the Attorney General’s Office for vetting. If there are no amendments or discrepancies, the draft license is returned to the solicitor.
3. The solicitor puts the license on approved paper and re-submits, along with a sworn declaration and other relevant information, to the Attorney General’s Office, which then forwards it to the Prime Minister’s Office for final approval and signature.
4. The official license is submitted to the Survey Department, where it is collected by the solicitor for onward submission to the Applicant.
Attorney fees: 3 – 5% of the cost of the property.
Government fees – there is a registration fee and an application fee which vary based on the quantum of land being purchased.
The Alien’s Landholding License is permanent and does not require renewal.