- A non-Zambian can own property if they have an entry permit which gives them permanent residency in Zambia.
- A non-Zambian can apply for an entry permit if:
- they have been in continuous employment for 12 years under a work permit
- they have held a self-employment permit for a 3 years and run a viable business
- The fee is approximately $600 and the process takes between 30 – 60 days
- A non-Zambian can own property by being a minority shareholder in a company incorporated in Zambia. Zambian citizens must own 75% of the shares in order for the company to own property.
- The exception to this is where the company holds an investment license issued by the Zambia Development Agency and where the company is a commercial bank registered with the Bank of Zambia.
- To incorporate a company, the proposed name of the company is cleared by the registry of companies. A minimum of 2 promoters (maximum of 50) then submit completed forms with their personal details and the details of the proposed company to the registry.
- The fee is approximately $75 and the process is completed within 7 days.
- A company can own property relating to its operations irrespective of its shareholding if it has an investment license.
- In order to obtain an investment license from the Zambia Development Agency, a completed application form is submitted with a business plan, proof of finance, and reference letters for shareholders and directors. Applicants also have to get clearance from the Environmental Council of Zambia.
- A non-refundable application fee of approximately $370 is charged and a license fee of $2200. The process normally takes between 60 – 90 days.
- A non-Zambian entity can own land if is a registered co-operative society and less than 25% of the members are non-Zambians
- Any ten or more people with common needs can register a co-operative. They submit a business plan and a constitution outlining their vision, mission and by-laws to the Registrar of Societies.
- The applicants submit their personal details while foreigners have to attach their entry/work permits as well as their residential and postal addresses.
- The application fee is approximately $10 and the registration process takes between 30 – 90 days.
- Where the non-Zambian entity is granted a concession or right under the Zambia Wildlife Act.
- Companies can apply for a tourism or safari hunting concession from the Zambia Wildlife Authority. However, it is very rare for companies to own the land as these concession normally apply to national parks and game management areas that are state land.
- A non-Zambian can own property if it is a non-profit making charitable, religious, educational or philanthropic organisation or institution which is registered and approved by the Minister of Lands.
- The Trustees apply to the Minister of Lands stating the objectives of the trust and submit the trust deed. The application must also include the personal details of the trustees and a description of the land that is to be held by the trust.
- The application fee is approximately $25 and the registration process takes between 14 – 30 days.
Non Permit Individuals
- A non-Zambian can hold property if the property is inherited on death or is being transferred under a right of survivorship or by operation of law.
- A non-Zambian can own property if they obtain the President’s consent in writing under his hand. The applicant will make his request through the Minister of Lands outlining compelling reasons for their application. The Minister forwards the request to the President with his recommendation. There is no fee attached to this process and a decision is usually made in 30 days.
Please read Zambian Conveyancing Process