Your guide to buying property in St. Lucia
So, you like our island and are considering buying property? Well, there’s a few things you should know. Firstly, if you’re not a St. Lucian citizen you’ll need an Alien’s Landholding license and here’s what’s required:
• A local lawyer must register the license • It is a permanent license, which does not
require renewal. • The license is granted for a specific property or
plot of land and is not transferable. • There is a non-refundable license application
fee of EC$5,000. • Applications can take up to three months and it’s normally done during the early part of property purchasing process.
PROCEDURES FOR ACQUIRING AN ALIEN’S LANDHOLDING LICENSE
The Office of the Attorney General will check the application before it is forwarded to the Office of the Prime Minister for final approval and signature. The list below indicates what will need to be submitted:
1. Completed application form. 2. Full details of the property or land to be
purchased. 3. A value assessment of the property or land. 4. Statutory declaration. 5. Four passport size photographs. 6. Certification of character report from your local police station on information or lack of information on file. 7. Certified finger prints from a police station. 8. Treasury receipt for payment of the application
fee (EC$1500). 9. Approval in principle, from the Development Control Authority (DCA) in relation to the use of the property or land.