The surface area of Rodrigues is approximately 10,000 hectares of which 1,000 hectares are private property and the remaining 9,000 hectares are State land. Private land is split into a multitude of plots and are found mainly in the region of Port-Mathurin and over the central part of the island.
State land comprises mainly forests, natural reserves, residential, agricultural/farming and commercial leases.
A land lease is required from the Rodrigues Regional Assembly for the implementation of projects. Lease of State land in Rodrigues is governed by the Rodrigues (Crown Land and Pas Géométriques) Regulations 1915, as subsequently amended, and the State Land Act.
Under existing arrangements,
- All leases for residential, farming/cultivation on small scale that are approved by the State Lands Committee and cleared by the Minister for Rodrigues are granted by the Island Secretary;
- All leases for industrial, commercial or farming on a large scale and leases of State land in Port-Mathurin area, which are approved by the State Lands Committee and cleared by the Minister of Rodrigues require the approval of the Minister of Housing and Lands in Mauritius, before being granted by the Island
|Type of lease||Lease Period||Lease payment|
|Rent for agricultural/farming purposes
|Lease granted for periods of up to 10 years||MUR 400 per annum per arpent|
|Rent for industrial/commercial purposes||Lease granted for a maximum period of 20 years||Year1-5: 1/3 of economic rent* Year6-10: 2/3 of economic rent* Year11-20: Full economic rent|
*Assessed by Chief Government Valuer
Requests for lease are processed by the Cadastral Office upon approval of project by the Executive Council. The procedure is as follows:
- Upon receipt of clearance of the Executive Council the project is forwarded to the Cadastral Office to initiate lease procedures
- The Cadastral Office carries out a survey of the proposed land initially identified by the promoter
- Upon completion of survey, the planner assesses whether the proposed site is suitable for the nature of the project and whether, for instance, the project will not have any adverse effect on its neighbourhood or whether there is any risk associated with the proposed site
- Upon clearance from the planning section, the site is evaluated by the Chief Government Valuer (CGV) for the land rentals for project of a certain magnitude such as hotels, guest houses and large industrial projects (it should be noted that there is a standard rental for minor activities such as retailing whereby the intervention is not required)
- A letter of intent is issued to the promoter requesting appropriate payments for the rental;
- Upon necessary payment, a land lease is issued to the promoter.