Acquiring Tourism Lease

STEP 1: Submit completed application form, requirements together with application fee.

STEP 2: Process begins with ensuring that the location/subject land is free of encumbrances and the verification of signatures of landowners with Vola ni Kawa Bula (iTaukei Lands & Fisheries Commission Office). We also need to ensure that all the requirements are submitted. (1 week min).

STEP 3: If step two(2) is clear and majority consent obtained, we may proceed with STEP 4. If majority consent is not obtained and other requirements are not obtained, the applicant will be informed accordingly. If applicant fails to submit the requirements and additional consent, the case is then closed accordingly. If majority consent is obtained, we proceed with STEP 4. (Step 1 to 3: 2—3 weeks)

STEP 4: Inspection and consultation with landowners. Please note that inspection and consultation depends on the applications received in the same area or the location (outer islands) due to the cost /expenses and also we can attend to it urgently if the cost/expenses is being paid for. (1 week)

STEP 5: Preparation of inspection report for approval and preparation of minutes of meeting.

STEP 6: Preparation of de-reservation précis after approval is granted. De-reservation is the process of excluding the subject area (if it is inside reserve land) from within reserve land in order to be leased for commercial purposes and by a Fijian. (2 weeks)

STEP 7: If the lease offer is expected to be more than $100,000.00, the application will be submitted to the Approvals Committee to be vetted/approved before submitting to the Reserves Department to proceed with the De-reservation proceed. The final process of de-reservation is when the de-reservation is approved by the Board in a Board meeting and gazette. (1 to 2 months)

STEP 8: Lease offer prepared and issued to the applicant. The applicant is given eight (8) weeks to pay lease offer. (1 month 2 weeks)

STEP 9: If payment is made/received, the Agreement for Lease is drafted and negotiated with the applicant. Agreement for Lease (provisional title) is stamped after both parties (TLTB and applicant) signs. If lease offer is not paid in time, the case is closed accordingly. (2 weeks to 1 month)

STEP 10: Applicant is now a Lessee and is required to engage a surveyor to survey the subject land and to be submitted for approval by the approval agencies such as Town & Country Planning and others. (3 to 6 months)

STEP 11: A copy of the approval survey plans to be submitted to TLTB for the preparation of the native lease documents/title. (2 days)

STEP 12: Lessee signs native lease documents. TLTB Board Secretary and a Board member signs the lease document before it is submitted to the Titles office for registration. (3 weeks to a 1 month)

Please note that we can have more than one (1) meeting with the landowners during Step 4, 9 & 10 to update the landowners on the application and the lease conditions. For further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Tourism Department, iTaukei Land Trust Board, Head Office Suva or the South West Region.