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Applying for Land

New migrants who have been approved for Settlement can apply to the Pitcairn Island Council for land on which to build a home within 6 months of arrival at Pitcairn.

How much does Land cost on Pitcairn?

There are no currently no charges for land for Settlement on Pitcairn Island.

As a new migrant how do I apply for land to build a home.

A new migrant must provide proof of his or her approved Settlement Application and submit their request to use Council land, to the Pitcairn Island Council, via the Pitcairn Island Land Management Officer.

A new migrant must use the approved ‘New Migrant Land Use Application Form’ when submitting a request to the Land Management Office to use Council land on which to build a home.

On receipt of the new migrant’s application the Land Management Officer will process the application, on behalf of the applicant, following the Pitcairn Island Land Court requirements, in the usual manner.
Should all criteria be met to the Land Management Officer’s satisfaction he/she will make a recommendation as to the merits/or otherwise of the request and submit the application to Council.
In making the recommendation, the Land Management Officer will, via the Island Secretary, provide Council with all relevant documentation, plans and measurements.

The Island Secretary will add a new migrant’s Land Use Application Form to the next available Council meeting Agenda and circulate all relevant documents to Council, as required reading.

The Pitcairn Island Council will base its decision to allow use of its land on a prescribed set of criterion e.g.
  1. The reasonable needs for the sustenance of the applicant and his or her family.
  2. Proof that the new migrant fully intends to become a permanent resident of Pitcairn Island.
  3. The capability of the applicant to hold and manage the land concerned in a profitable manner.

Should the Council accept the application it will convey its approval to the Land Management Officer who will then call on the Land Court to action the request in the usual manner.

The Pitcairn Island Council will enter into a contracted agreement with the applicant, enabling the applicant to use Council land on a short term basis i.e. until such time as the new migrant has completed his or her 2 year Settlement / Permanent Residency requirement period i.e when a new migrant is granted Permanent Residency status by the Governor.

A copy of the approved application and the signed agreement will be held in the safe at the Island Secretary office.
The Land Management Officer will hold and maintain all file copies and documents relevant to the application.
At the end of the 2 year Settlement period, the lease of the land a new migrant has been using to build their home and settle on Pitcairn will be transferred to him or her in full providing that the applicant is resident at the time of application and fully intends to remain as a permanent resident of Pitcairn Island.
At that time the Land Management Officer will alert the new migrant that he/she can now apply to the Land Court and Council to have the lease of the land they have been using, formally allocated to him/her in the usually manner.

Land Application FAQ’s

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q1. I’m a newly arrived migrant to Pitcairn. Can I apply for land ?

New migrants who have been approved for settlement can apply to the Pitcairn Island Council for land on which to build a home within six months of arrival on Pitcairn.

Land application forms are available at the Land Management Office on Pitcairn. Help to complete the form is available from the Land Management Officer. A new migrant Land Application will be considered by the Island Council .On approval of a new migrant land application the applicant (s) will be required to sign a land use agreement contract (LUAC).

The applicant (s) land title will be held in trust by Council until the applicant (s) 2 year settlement/permanent residency requirement period is met.

Q 2 .When can I start building my home ?

As soon as a new migrant’s land application has been approved by Council and the Land Use Agreement Contract has been signed and filed, a new migrant may commence building their home.

Q 3 .How long is my home land lease valid ?
A new migrants home land lease is valid for the lifetime of the applicant and the spouse and dependents of the applicant.

Q 4. Additional land access for new migrants ?

When a new migrant has completed his/her two year settlement/permanent residency requirement period they are entitled to apply for the following categories of land.

Commercial....20 Year Lease.
Garden.............5 Year Lease.
Orchard........... Life of Forest.
Forestry............Life of Forest.

Download the FAQ’s

You can download a copy of the Land Access and Management on Pitcairn - Frequently Asked Questions Here.