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.
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.
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
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.