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C of O in Lagos: Requirements & Cost

A C of O in Lagos (Certificate of Occupancy)  is a very important document that shows the true ownership and purpose of a land. 


According to the law of the state, the Lagos state government owns all the lands within the state. In order to gain full permission to take over a land, individuals and companies need to get a Certificate of Occupancy, provided they meet the listed requirements.


In addition, the issuance of the C of O in Lagos was used as a controlling measure against the increasing land fraud causing many individuals to claim ownership.


Requirements for C of O in Lagos State

Wondering how to get a C of O in Lagos? To be factual, obtaining C of O  requires some documentation. Therefore, You must tender certain documents before you can obtain the Certificate of Occupancy.


The Requirements for C of O in Lagos State includes the following:


  1. Formal Letter addressed to the Executive Secretary – Land Use and Allocation Committee, Block 13, Room 4, Lands Bureau, The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
  2. Standard Allocation Form with Receipt. Lekki Pennisula Schemes, Abijo Commercial and Industrial (Form for Prime Land); other areas (Form for General).
  3. Four Passport Photographs with white background.
  4. Evidence of payment of Income Tax.
  5. Current Development Levy (In case of company, Evidence of payment of Income Tax of Two Directors and Development Levy).
  6. Survey Plan
  7. All payment receipts of Land Charges
  8. Vital Information Form

C of O Process in Lagos State

Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy in Lagos requires certain processes that must be followed duly.

  • The Applicant should purchase and submit the application pack to the Land Use Allocation Commission (LUAC) and collect an acknowledgement slip.
  • Day Applicants collect letter of offer of allocation
  • The Applicant should pay for the allocated land within 90 days.
  • A letter of confirmation is issued to the Applicant with a plot and block number.
  • The Scheme Officer processes the application for the C of O, signs off on the file and forwards the files to ES LUAC – 5 Days
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  • The Surveyor General provides Scheme Officer with digitized survey – 2 Days
  • ES LUAC approves processing and signs letter of allocation. ES LUAC signs off on the file and sends the file to the Senior Special Assistant to His Excellency, Lands (SSA Lands) – 2 Days
  • The SSA, Lands vets the entire file and sends it with a covering memo to the Permanent Secretary Lands Bureau (PS Lands) – 2 Days
  • The message is relayed back by notification is the file has a query
  • The PS, Lands signs off on the memo and sends the file to His Excellency – 2 Days
  • His Excellency approves file and electronically signs the C of O – 2 Days
  • Upon approval and signing of the C of O by His Excellency, He signs off and sends it to the Deputy Registrar for further processing – 2 Days
  • The Deputy Registrar processes the file further, signs off and sends it to Registrar of Titles for final registration – 2 Days
  • The Registrar of Titles registers the C of O, signs off and request for printing of C of O – 1 Day
  • This process adds up to a total of 21 days.

Disclaimer: The information on the process of obtaining your certificate of occupancy in Lagos State was obtained from the official website of the Lagos state Government. Therefore, there is a tendency for changes to occur at any time. 


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Cost of C of  O in Lagos

The costs of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy in Lagos depends greatly on the size of your land, as well as the location. For instance, the cost of C of O for a land in Lekki will differ from the one in Ketu.


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