Non-nationals (USA, CANADA, UK etc) wanting to purchase property in Saint Lucia must obtain an Aliens Landholding License.
Residents of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago are exempted from applying for Aliens Land Holding Licenses for land development in St. Lucia
The license is obtained from the Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal and must be registered by a local solicitor. The Alien’s Landholding License is permanent, and does not require renewal. Buying Property In St Lucia Process:
The local solicitor/lawyer writes to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal to request an Alien’s Landholding License. The application is forwarded to the Survey Department (Chief Surveyor) of the Ministry, which prepares a memorandum to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval.
Upon approval from Cabinet, the solicitor/lawyer submits a sworn declaration, and the draft license to the Attorney General’s Office for vetting. Once vetted for discrepancies or amendments, the draft license is returned to the lawyer.
The license is printed on approved paper and re-submits, along with the 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.
The official license is submitted to the Survey Department, where it is collected by the lawyer for onward submission to the Applicant.
NON REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE – EC$ 5400
License to purchase or to hold land:
- Up to 1 acre – $5,000
- Over 1 acre and up to 10 acres – $10,000
- Over 10 acres and up to 20 acres – $ 20,000
- Over 20 acres and up to 50 acres – $ 30,000
- Over 50 acres and up to 100 acres – $ 40,000
- Over 100 acres – $ 50,000
License to hold land in trust is 5% of the value of the trust property.
Stamp Duty – 2% on the property cost.
Lawyers charges are applicable and is based on a tariff.