The Act regulates the holding of lands in Dominica by foreigners. "Alien" means a person or who is not a citizen of one of the Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, including companies which are under the control or are deemed to be under the control of an alien (sect. 2). No unlicensed alien shall hold land or an interest in land other than in the circumstances as specified in subsection 4(1) and sections 5 and 6: Aliens may acquire or hold land without a licence for purposes of residence (not more than 1 acre), for purposes of trade and business (not more than three acres), and specified circumstances. Land held contrary to subsection 3(1) shall be forfeited to the State (subsect. 3(2)). Subject to section 3(3) any agreement to hold land or an interest in land shall not vest any interest in land in the purchaser unless a licence to hold land or interest is obtained (sect. 8). Companies of Dominica shall have the right to restrict the holding of shares and debentures by aliens (sect. 9). Provisions of this Act in respect of licences apply to land held in trust for an alien (sect. 12). (22 sections)
Amended by: Aliens Landholding Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2007 (No. 16 of 2007). (2008-01-08)
Amended by: Aliens Landholding Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2015 (No. 17 of 2015). (2015-11-27)
Repeals: Aliens Landholding Regulation Act, 1992 (Act No. 4 of 1992). (1992-03-26)
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Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which colonized the island in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years.