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Apply for a voluntary land swap

You can voluntarily exchange at least one agricultural or forestry parcel (or its parts) with one or more exchange partners (voluntary land exchange). This procedure is managed by the Land Consolidation Authority. As a rule, entire parcels are exchanged with each other without the need for a survey. They agree with the exchange partners on the exchange of the parcels as well as on any associated (financial) value adjustments. The voluntary land swap is not feasible without the mutual consent of all participants.

Competent authority

The offices for regional development Braunschweig, Leine-Weser, Lüneburg and Weser-Ems are responsible.


A written application is a prerequisite for the implementation of a voluntary land exchange according to the Land Consolidation Act. As an owner or legal entity managing property, you want to exchange agricultural or forestry land (if necessary with appropriate power of attorney).

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of proof of identification (identity card or passport) of the exchange partners
  • if applicable, powers of attorney
  • if applicable, location sketch / land register extracts / cadastral extracts

What are the fees?

The costs of the proceedings, for example for actions of the Land Consolidation Authority, shall be borne by the Land. If a pure exchange of parcels takes place without value compensation, there are usually no further costs for the parties involved.
If financial compensation between the exchange partners is required, taxes may be payable to the tax authorities.
In individual cases, execution costs are incurred (for example, surveying costs or costs for the preparation of the exchange areas). You carry these as an exchange partner. If necessary, you can apply for funding for any surveying costs. These depend on the regulations of the currently valid funding guidelines of the state.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

It is not an officially demanded service, so there are no deadlines set by the land consolidation authority. The deadlines to be observed by you exist during the further processing of the procedure within the framework of the general administrative action of the authority. If these are not complied with by the exchange partners, the Land Consolidation Authority questions the voluntariness and thus the feasibility of the voluntary land exchange according to the Land Consolidation Act and, if necessary, rejects your application or discontinues the procedure.

Processing duration

The duration of the processing of a voluntary land exchange procedure depends on the number of participants and the parcels to be exchanged.


The execution of the exchange plan is ordered as an administrative act. The date of occurrence of the new legal status and the legal effects of the exchange plan are determined.

An objection to this administrative act may be lodged in writing or in writing with the competent Office for Regional Development within one month of notification.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection


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competent Bodies

Amt für regionale Landesentwicklung Weser-Ems
Address: Theodor-Tantzen-Platz 8, 26122 Oldenburg (Oldenburg)
Telephone: 0441 799-0

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)