Q. I want to take a loan from a bank, what should I do?
A. Apply for a consent through the bank and the landlord will issue you with a consent approved or rejected.
Q. I want to know the value of my property?
A. It is advised to contact the Valuation Office or any professional valuer.
Q. I want to sub-divide my plot (of land)?
A. We refer the client to the Physical Planning Department for proposal writing and verification.
Q. What is an Official Search?
A. It is a document which reflects what is on the register e.g. names of proprietors, area where the property is, size and some incumbrances e.g. charges.
Q. Why do clients conduct searches in the Land Registry?
A. i/ to know the owner of the property, ii/ to know if there are charges, cautions and prohibitions on the property, iii/ for the banks to give loans to their clients; they see to it that the properties of their clients are free from incumbrances.
Q. What does Land Registry do?
A. i/ conducts Official Searches, ii/ registers documents e.g. Charges, Further Charges, Cautions, Court Orders, Probates, Power of Attorney, Transfer of Lands, Transfer of Leases and Letters of Administration, iii/ issues Land Certificates and Certificates of Leases, iv/ registers Titles.
PHYSICAL PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Frequently asked questions concerning Physical planning services in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
Q : What is Physical planning all about?
A : Physical Planning is about ensuring orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and aesthetic well-being of urban and rural communities. Simply put, it seeks to order and regulate use of land in an efficient and effective way.
Q : Who is a Physical Planner?
A : A professional officer who formulates and implements land use plans with purpose of ensuring orderly and coordinated physical, social and economic development.
Q : How can I get an approval for permission to develop?
A : Approval of permission to develop is granted by the responsible planning authorities who are the Minister responsible for physical planning matters, through the Commissioner of Physical Planning and Planning Committees. Plans attached to application forms can be submitted to the Department’s offices or through its Physical Planning Offices in District Councils within planning areas.
Q : Where can I obtain application forms for permission to carry out development?
A : These forms can be obtained from Physical Planning Department Offices at the following places;
ü Headquarters in Lilongwe,
ü Mzuzu in the Northern Region,
ü Central Region offices in Lilongwe,
ü Blantyre in the Southern Region,
ü Zomba in the Eastern Region and
ü All City and Municipal Council offices.
Q : Why should I seek planning approval before commencing my development?
A : This should be done in order to ensure that your development is carried out in a proper manner you need. Conflicting issues concerning your proposed development are looked into and resolved at the onset by professional officers at technical level and the main town planning committee.
Q : Who can I contact if I want to know more about Physical Planning?
A : Find below some important authorities and addresses to contact should you wish to know more on issues relating to Physical Planning;
ü Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, P/Bag 311, Lilongwe 3.
ü Commissioner for Physical Planning, P.O Box 30385, Lilongwe 3.
ü Regional Commissioner for Physical Planning-North, Box 106, Mzuzu.
ü Regional Commissioner for Physical Planning-Centre, Box 865, Lilongwe.
ü Regional Commissioner for Physical Planning-South, Box 324, Blantyre.
ü Regional Commissioner for Physical Planning-East, Box 348, Zomba.
You may also contact offices of Planning and Development Director in your respective District, City and Municipal Councils.