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Department of Lands and Survey employee gains Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

March 24th, 2014

The Department of Lands and Survey wishes to congratulate Douglas Sterling on gaining membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

RICS is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction. It is The pre-eminent organisation of its kind in the world.

Douglas has been with the department for over two years and has gained more than 12 years of Land Surveying experience throughout the Caribbean.  Through hard work and determination over the past two years Douglas has achieved his Master’s Degree and now his MRICS accreditation, making him a Chartered Surveyor. 

As staff members within the Survey Section are continually seeking to improve themselves by aspiring to gain an internationally recognised certification, other members have completed or are on their way to gain the same recognition.

Lands and Survey is committed to the training and development of employees. As such, the Department will continue to guide and assist  other staff members to realise their goals and attain academic accreditation and professional designation.



March 24th, 2014

Do you need to make a closing deadline? Do you need your documents back in a hurry? As the old saying goes, time is money. You can rely on our Express Service to ensure registration within two (2) working days.

As long as you have no more than two (2) documents for registration, that do not require an assessment of Stamp Duty, the Express Service offers you an attractive alternative for a fee of $50.00 per document.

Lodge your documents with our Express Service today!

Transactions to be processed within 48 hours include:

  • Discharge of Charge 
  • Official Searches 
  • Charge 
  • Transfer Natural Love and Affection 
  • Deletion on Death
  • Power of Attorney 
  • Withdrawal of Caution 
  • Proprietor by Transmission 
  • Transfer by Personal Representative

Read the announcement (136kb PDF)


NOW ONLINE - 2014 Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands

March 7th, 2014

In a bid to meet the technologically advanced, Lands and Survey has taken the 2014 Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands digital!

With the same great information as the printed version, users of the map can now access the online version via our website.

While the maps are still being delivered island wide, as well as in the US, Canada, UK and continental Europe, the online version of the map will greatly increase the presence of The Official Map on PCs as well as Mobile devices, with users having immediate access to advertiser information as well as dive site locations and other places of interest.

This is the first step in getting the Official Map more readily to our users, which will in the future be more interactive. On the current version of the online map, users will be able to use the location services to find their approximate location. In the near future, more interaction with the map will be available as well as the ability to locate advertisers easily using search and more detailed location services.

The Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands is endorsed by The Department of Tourism and The Chamber of Commerce, and is the Official map of the Cayman Islands Government.

If you would like to advertise on the next issue of the Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands (2015), please contact us or 244-3420.


Caymap Desktop (Beta) Launched to ALL Cayman Land Info Subscribers

March 7th, 2014

Lands and Survey is pleased to announce that the new Caymap Desktop in Beta Version is now available to all existing Caymap Subscribers.

Users of the Enterprise, Survey, Gold, Silver and Bronze packages can now access the new Beta application with new and advanced functionalities and experience more reliable and faster service.  Built on the Silverlight Technology, the new Caymap Desktop uses cached basemaps that are much faster and less stressful on slower systems. Subscribers will be excited to know that this application also works with all browser types.

The new Caymap Desktop is still in Beta, which means it is still in its testing and feedback stage and we encourage subscribers to send us their feedback to Over the coming weeks, Lands and Survey team will be working to phase out the use of the existing Caymap 2.1 and would like to ensure that user experiences are not hampered. We therefore encourage users to let us know of any issues beforehand so that we can work through them, or walk them through the solutions.

Authorized users can get more information on by logging in to their existing accounts.


Express Service for Land Registry Customers

February 17th, 2014

We are committed to our clients in providing the best possible service by making innovative delivery solutions geared to meet the particular needs of all our clients

As a continuation of our thrust to provide easier access to land related services, Lands and Survey Department has launched a pilot project to process documents in a more expeditious manner.  As of Monday February 17, 2014, customers will be able to request express service of certain transactions to be completed within 48 hours

This service will be available to all our customers in Grand Cayman ONLY on a trial basis for one (1) month at no extra cost to our customers in the first instance.

Transactions to be processed within 48 hours include SINGLE: 

  • Discharge of Charge
  • Charge
  • Transfer of Land for Natural Love and Affection
  • Deletion on Death
  • Rectification of the Register

Read the announcement (135kb PDF)

New Registrar of Lands

Sophia Williams, an Attorney-at-Law in Jamaica, was appointed as Registrar of Lands at the Lands & Survey Department, Cayman Islands, on November 1, 2013.

Ms. Williams has held many senior positions in the National Land Agency, Jamaica.  She started her professional career at the Land Titles Division, Jamaica in 1996, upon receiving the Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies in 1994.

She was a key member of the team that implemented the electronic titling system at the National Land Agency, Jamaica. Under her stewardship, the operations of the Land Titles Division have been re-engineered and this has resulted in reduced turnaround times, the introduction of an Express Service and expansion of services of the said Division to Western Jamaica to accommodate the processing of land titles and surveys matters. Previously, the office offered only Land Valuation services. Customers in Western Jamaica no longer have to commute to Kingston to conduct business.

She has training in land management and attended the "Strategic Planning and Management of Land Administration and Geographical Organizations" in Sweden in 2002. She also holds a Certificate in Project Management Principles and Practice from the University of New Orleans and a Post Graduate Diploma in "Public Sector Senior Management Development Programme" from the Management Institute of Development, Jamaica.

Miss Williams is a former member of the Land Surveyors Board and the National Archives Board, Jamaica. She is also a former Lecturer and Associate Tutor at the Norman Manley Law School, and the University of Technology, Jamaica, where she specifically lectured in Conveyancing and Registration of Title.

2014 Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands

Lands and Survey is pleased to announce that the 2014 Official maps are currently being distributed. The over 100,000 maps arrived on Island recently and distribution have started to our distribution points.

Distribution points include:

  • The Airport (exclusively at the DOT tourism booth in the arrivals hall)
  • Supermarkets
  • Hotels
  • Condos
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping plazas
  • Dive shops
  • Post offices
  • Car rental agencies
  • Gas stations
  • Liquor stores
  • Other retail locations and
  • Government Administration Building (GAB)

In addition the DOT distributes over 22,000 copies of the map throughout the US, Canada, the UK and continental Europe via their International Offices, Trade Shows and Outdoor Events.

The Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands is endorsed by The Department of Tourism and The Chamber of Commerce, and is the Official map of the Cayman Islands Government.

If you would like to get copies of the Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands, please contact us or 244-3420.

Lands and Survey Hosts Business Seminar to Showcase New Products

The Lands & Survey Department will be hosting an open Business Seminar on the 22nd of November 2013 to showcase new products and services.  The Business Seminar will be held at the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue between 10am and 5pm.

The Business Seminar will be in conference exhibition format, where Lands and Survey personnel will be on hand to interact with customers and potential customers, answer questions and give demos of the new products.

Spend an hour or two with us while we showcase our new products:

  • Caymap Desktop V1.0
  • Caymap Mobile (HTML5 Viewer)
  • Online Buffer Map Application
  • 2013 Aerials

Joining the Lands and Survey to showcase their new Online Planning System (OPS), will be the Department of Planning. Personnel from the Planning Department will be on site to demo their OPS application and answer questions.
Industry members are encouraged to attend, whether you are in Banking, Construction, Engineering, Architecture, Insurance, Real Estate, Services etc. Come out and talk with us to see how GIS can enhance your business!
To confirm your attendance for the Business Seminar, please email

There will also be training sessions (max 12 persons per session) for the new Caymap Desktop. The training sessions will run at:

  • 10am (FULL)
  • 11.30am (FULL)
  • 1pm (FULL)
  • 3pm (closed)


The Lands and Survey Department is excited to host the 2nd Annual Cayman Islands GIS Day Celebration.

GIS Day Celebration helps to educate and build awareness of Geography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and how it can be utilized. The target audience is students in grades 9 through to tertiary education. 

After a successful inaugural event last year, which saw over 200 Students from Government High Schools given a opportunity to experience GIS, we decided to open invitations to all High Schools (both Government and Private institutions) and Tertiary level students.

We believe this would be an excellent opportunity to show students a potential career path of GIS. As such, we are partnering with other departments in government to showcase how GIS is being used to drive decisions in both public and private sectors. 

Under the theme “Communicating Spatial Knowledge”, GIS Day will be held on November 20, 2013 at the UCCI Sir Vassell Johnson Hall, Grand Cayman and Friday December 6, 2013 at the Layman E Scott High School in Cayman Brac.


Caymap Desktop (Beta) Launched to Platinum Subscribers

Lands and Survey is pleased to announce the launch of the new Caymap Desktop in Beta Version to all existing Caymap Platinum Subscribers. The new Caymap Desktop is still under development and will replace the existing Caymap 2.1 in the near future.

Caymap Desktop is expected to be more reliable, faster, and will have new and advanced functionalities. Built on the Silverlight Technology, the new Caymap Desktop uses cached basemaps that are much faster and should be less stressful on slower systems.

The launch of Caymap Desktop Beta version for testing and feedback, is the first step in getting the new application available to all subscribers. Over the coming weeks, subscribers of other packages will gain access to the application. 

2013 Aerial Now Available

Lands and Survey is pleased to announce that the 2013 Aerial Imagery of the Cayman Islands is now available. Subscribers to Cayman Land Info’s Caymap online mapping application can now view the new aerials within their packages. 2013 Aerial Imagery maps are also available for sale at our Mapping Counter.


Server Improvements for Cayman Land Info

Lands & Survey is in the final stages of bringing online a new faster set of servers and storage to power the Cayman Land Info website. There are already performance improvements to be noticed in applications such as Caymap, with further improvements to come as we roll out future services in the coming months. The servers and storage are located in the new Government Administration Building with a redundant location that will soon be set up at Citrus Grove.


Amendment to the Stamp Duty Law (2011 Revision)

Members of the Legislative Assembly have approved a Law to increase the stamp duty on property transfers, and to adjust the duty payable on buildings insurance premiums.  The Schedule of Stamp Duty Rates as amended under the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Law, 2012 Regulations are effective from 11 December 2012. (more...)


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Featured Product:

Official Street Atlas
of the Cayman Islands
2nd Edition

Street Atlas

Lands & Survey is pleased to announce the availability of this product. Copies may be purchased from the department's office at the new Government Administration Building, 133 Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman and from the Lands Office, District Administration Building, Cayman Brac.

The cost of each copy is now CI$35.00.