In 2018, the Land and Survey Department was created due to a merger between the Land Registry and the Lands & Survey Department. Both were established under the Registered Land Ordinance, 1970 (CAP.229), and the Land Surveyors’ Ordinance, (CAP.215) respectively. Both departments originated and continue to fall under the portfolio of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration.

The Land and Survey Department is the legal registry and repository for all land registration information, and geographic data including the Registry Maps (the Cadastral Data and Index Sheets). The Department is regulated primarily by the Registered Land Act and Land Surveyors’ Ordinance.

Core Services

• Certified copies
• Geodetic Control Maintenance
• Boundary Investigations
• Land Matters

a) Land Registration
b) Partitions & Prescriptions
c) Removal of cautions/restrictions

• Registration Report
• Searches


Making land transactions easier for all.


To manage mapping and registry services with modern efficiency, transparency and security through innovation and expertise by providing products and services to satisfy our stakeholders.


1) Responding to inquiries, receive and process all documents and information relating to land, mapping and survey transactions within the jurisdiction of the British Virgin Islands.

2) Conduct surveys as instructed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration and maintain and update the Cadastral Index Sheets.

3) Accumulating and securing all registered land, mapping and survey transactions to ensure that patrons who access our repository can make sound property decisions using the information stored.

4) Educating our staff and patrons of the Land & Survey Department to enhance a clearer understanding of the land registration, mapping and surveying procedures and best practices.

5) Offering courteous and professional services to compliment a comfortable working environment.

6) Being responsive whether by meeting your property transaction needs or a simple acknowledgement.

Our Major Responsibilities Are:

• To maintain and enhance the National Geodetic Framework, that is, the survey control monuments located throughout the islands.    These monuments are the control to which all surveys in the Territory are referenced;

• To check and authenticate all cadastral plans prepared as a result of surveys executed by Government and Private Practice Licensed Surveyors;

• To undertake surveys for Government as instructed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Land Registry Department and other Government Ministries & Departments;

• To assist the Chief Registrar of Lands in the investigation and resolution of disputed boundaries;

• To maintain and update the Cadastral Index Sheets on instructions and direction of the Chief Registrar of Lands;

• To be the consultant within the Territory in respect to surveying and mapping concerns or questions;

Employment Opportunities Within The Department

Closing Date
Senior Surveyor

Senior Surveyor

Role Summary

The successful applicant will provide assistance within the department to ensure all survey related matters are dealt with professionally and in a timely manner.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Ensures the smooth and efficient operation of the department and the supervision of assigned staff.
  2. Assists in undertaking the functions of the Survey Department in order to maintain the efficient delivery of services.
  3. Establishes survey standards through setting up procedures for collection and processing of survey raw data accurately.
  4. Advises the Cadastral Information Manager on matters pertaining to the presentation of final survey plans in a timely manner.
  5. Assists in the training and mentoring of trainees to ensure a high standard of skill and knowledge is gained.
  6. Advises the Chief Surveyor on technical matters pertaining to horizontal and vertical control efficiently.
  7. Validates the results of surveys prior to final processing by the Data Processing and Records Unit in a timely manner.
  8. Maintains records relevant to the Survey Department and also keeps filing up-to-date so that complete records are available for reference.
  9. Keeps abreast of developments in the field of quality improvement and quality assurance.
  10. Performs any other related duties as required by Supervisor or any other senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Land Surveying
  • Four (4) years supervisory experience in land and engineering surveying
  • Sound knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of surveying standards techniques and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of the relevant computerized surveying applications and surveying equipment
  • Sound organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and relevant software applications
  • Sound oral and written communication skills
  • Sound leadership and management skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
Closing Date:
20 June 2023
20 June 2023

Department Contact Information

To make contact with Land and Survey Department, see below for contact information:

Land and Survey Department

P.O. Box 142
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Land Unit: landregistration@gov.vg
Survey Unit: landandsurveydept@gov.vg

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cashier: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Email Address:

Land Unit: 1(284) 468 2017
Survey Unit: 1(284) 468-4321
Fax: 1(284) 468 3324 / 1(284) 468-4315