The BES Land Registry Act (Kadasterwet) was introduced on 1 January 2021. This means that the implementation of the cadastral tasks in the Caribbean Netherlands has been transferred to a single organization. What does the law entail and what are the consequences? You will find questions and answers on this page.
On December 19, 2018, the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations submitted the bill Kadaster Laws BES to the House of Representatives in Holland. The bill meant that the implementation of the cadastral tasks (governance, operations and finances) on the BES islands would be transferred to one organization: The Kadaster (Land Registry). This shifts the responsibility of the land registers on the BES islands from the island government to the Land Registry and the public registers. The law took effect on January 1, 2021.
The purpose of the BES Land Registry Act is to further improve legal certainty and to safeguard the continuity of the land registry function on the islands. The introduction of the law creates a more uniform working method and registration.
The introduction of the BES Land Registry Act creates a more uniform working method and registration. For the users – owners, notaries, real estate agents, banks, project developers – this means more unambiguous information.
As before, you can contact the land registry offices on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for this. You can find the information online on the websites of the offices:
Website Land Registry Bonaire
Website Land Registry Sint Eustatius
Website Land Registry Saba
Yes, the current land registry offices and associated counter functions on the BES islands will continue to exist. As a result, each island can respond as much as possible to local needs and residents on their own island can go to a Land Registry Office. The current Land Registers have different systems and working methods. This is largely uniformed. In doing so, the local circumstances are taken into account.
The cadastre function on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has been continued as usual. The service is connected with the existing practice as much as possible and the provision remains the same.
The services provided by the Land Registry on Bonaire will largely be continued unchanged. The services on St. Eustatius and Saba will be brought into line with the services on Bonaire. The phasing out of the current land registry function on the islands will have no further consequences for the service. You can still contact your local land registry organization. They are responsible for carrying out the cadastral work.
As soon as the cadastral registration has been fully established, it is possible to immediately take note of the legal status of a parcel or the Measurement certificate. Until then, when requesting information about an individual parcel or measurement certificate, an extract from the registration can be produced and supplied on request. In addition, a full title search can still be requested.
The various island authorities can exert influence on the interpretation of the cadastral function through consultation and consultation obligations. In this way they can represent the specific interests of the islands.
The Domein Beheer takes care of the allocation of land. This task (the issue of land) remains assigned to the Domein Beheer.
The Kadaster takes care of the registration of registered property: immovable property (land, buildings and cable networks), ships and aircraft. More information can be found on the page ‘What does the Land Registry do?’ on the website.