This Act provides in 30 articles divided into 8 Parts for the establishment of a Land Surveyors Board (sect. 3) and for the control and procedures of the surveying of land by surveyors licensed under this Act. The Board is responsible for the licensing of surveyors and to control their functioning (sect. 5).
The Act provides in Part II for the establishment of a Planning Board (sect. 3) and Planning Authority for each planning district (sect. 5). There shall be 4 types of draft plans for spatial development of land. These are: National Plans; Divisional Plans; Development Plans and Local Plans (sect. 8). The Board shall prepare a National Plan for the Gambia.
The 29 sections are divided into 5 Parts: Preliminary (I); General (II); Leases and connected matters (III); Acquisition of land for public purposes (IV); Miscellaneous (V).All Provinces’ Lands (not defined) are vested in the District Authorities of the Districts in which such lands are situated.
The Act consists of 93 sections divided into 9 Parts: General (I); Prospecting (II); Mining (III); Provisions regarding water (IV); Passageways (V); Dredging for minerals (VI); Surveys (VII); Possession and purchase of minerals (VIII); Miscellaneous provisions (IX).Section 3 vests the property of all minerals, mineral oils, rivers, streams and watercourses throughout The Gambia in the Crown.
Regulations relating to Draft Development Plans and Draft Local Plans. The 8 regulations are divided into 3 Parts: Preliminary (regs. 1 and 2); Form and Content of Draft Development Plans (regs. 3 to 5); Form and Content of Draft Local Plans (regs. 6 to 8).
Land uses shall, for purposes of Draft Development Plans and development control, be classified and divided into land uses, classes, and land use zones as specified in Schedule I (reg. 3). Regulation 4 provides for the classification of existing land uses.
Regulations to make provision for the granting of state lands or the granting of leases of state lands and for the use of such lands.
Regulations to make provision for the granting of survey licences and to regulate procedure for conducting surveys. The 75 regulations are divided into 11 Parts: Preliminary; Survey Licence (I); Tests to be conducted by the Board (II); Procedure for surveys (III); Survey marks, boundary beacons, etc.
No person shall, without the written consent of the Minister as defined in the Lands (Bathurst and Kombo Saint Mary) Act, cultivate any portion of any lands described in the Schedule to these Regulations. Any person who acts in contravention of these Regulation shall be liable to a fine.