Land Use Conversion
Do you have a piece of agricultural land you wish to build your dream house on? Or perhaps, thinking of converting the land for other use - maybe a commercial building or an apartment? Before you do anything else, you have to ensure first that the agricultural land you own can be converted into some other use. Agricultural land in the Philippines is subject to land classification, reclassification and conversion laws also known as R.A. 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law.
What is Land User Conversion?
Land use conversion is the process of changing the current physical use of a piece of agricultural land into some other use like commercial, residential, industrial or other agricultural use other than cultivation of the soil, planting of crops or growing of trees as approved by DAR (DAR, 2002).
R.A. 6657 Section 65 states that, a piece of agricultural land can be converted after the lapse of five (5) years from the granting of the award, if they are no longer economically feasible and sound for agricultural purposes or locality has become urbanized giving the subject lands greater value economic value for residential, commercial or industrial purposes. The DAR, upon application of the beneficiary or the landowner, with due notice to the affected parties, and subject to existing laws, may authorize the reclassification or conversion of the land and its disposition: provided, that the beneficiary shall have fully paid his obligation.
However, a mere reclassification of agricultural land does not automatically allow a landowner to change its use. You have to undergo the process of conversion before you are permitted to use the agricultural land for other purposes.
This is such a tedious task especially if you are not familiar with the process. You have to apply to the government authority, explaining the purpose of conversion. Along with the application, you will need to attach certain documents, the latest tax declaration covering the subject property and vicinity map. There is a filing fee and inspection cost to get the land converted, depending on the area of the property. These are only some of the guidelines to be completed. The Department of Agrarian Reform and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board have published a list of requirements and guidelines when applying for Land Use Conversion.
Earlier this year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) issued guidelines and procedures to streamline the tedious process of application for land use conversion through Administrative Order (AO) No. 01, series of 2019. The main purpose of this amendment is to ensure the speedy disposition of the process.
One of the highlights of this amendment is that strictly no application shall be accepted, docketed and processed unless the documentary requirements for conversion grant are complete and sufficient in form and substance.
If you want to be sure things are done properly, let our professionals assist you. CG Garcia Appraisal and Land Title Services offers Land Use Conversion services. The DAR AO No. 1 series of 2019 states that all application for conversion and its supporting documents shall be personally filed by the applicant who is the landowner or the duly authorized representative. Our team can help you secure an application form, submit Land Use Conversion Folders (LUCFs) and Certification Forms containing a set of requirements (e.g. forms 1, 2 & 3, titles, sketch map, and photos of billboard installed for the purpose of public notice) from DAR offices to Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO) up to the last process until the application gets approved by DAR. Take comfort in knowing that professionals are handling your application for you.
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- Land Title Transfer
- Due Diligence
- Consolidation/ Subdivision of Title
- Registration/ Cancellation of Mortgage
- Reconstitution of Lost Title
- Amendment of Technical Description of Title
- Cancellation of Annotation on Title
- Assist in the Assessment and Payment of Real Property Taxes
- Land Conversion
- Real Estate Appraisal Services
- Relocation/ Boundary Survey
- Subdivision Survey
- Topographic Survey
- Title and Tax Declaration Verification
- Traceback of Ownership/ Due Diligence
- Verification of Technical Description of Title
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