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Lands & Survey Online Forms System

The Lands and Survey Department (L&S) through one of its core units, Land Registry, continues to find creative and innovative ways of improving and enhancing customer satisfaction. L& S is committed to delivering solutions that are customer centric and customer focused. These new solutions will result in tangible and measurable improvements in the products and services that are offered.

For all individuals, organizations, and agents who need to lodge land transactions, the Online Forms System is an online service that will improve the overall customer experience. Unlike the existing system where delays and errors occur, our product will reduce the reliance on Lands & Survey staff, reduce counter wait times, and improve accuracy and customer service.

Although e-filing/e-conveyancing is the ultimate goal, this requires legislative changes as well as change in the way we do business. We are therefore proposing to start with a Document Submission Form. This will be a useful step forward in reducing costs, turnaround times, and errors, while improving and enhancing customer service.

This is the first phase of the e-conveyancing project and it encompasses the Document Submission Form only. We will be adding the additional Registered Land Law forms to this portal within the next few months.

The application is accessible at the Online Forms System (OFS) and includes a tutorial video and a manual.

We invite you to use this application to complete the Document Submission Form for all lodgements at Lands and Survey. Your feedback on the application is extremely important and we would appreciate your feedback comments, recommendations and suggestion. Kindly address these to Sophia.williams@gov.ky. We look forward to hearing from you.

For more information see the Online Forms System (OFS).


Cayman Islands – 3rd Annual GIS Day, Thursday, 20th November 2014

October 15th, 2014

Lands and Survey is excited to host the 3rd Annual Cayman Islands GIS Day Celebration. The basic idea for the GIS Day Celebration is to educate and build awareness of Geography and GIS, and how it can be utilized.

The target audience are students in grades 6 (final year in primary/prep) through to tertiary level, during the hours of 8am to 2pm, and the general public from 1pm to 4pm.

Under the theme; “Story Maps – What’s your (Cayman Map) story?” GIS Day will be held in:

  • Grand Cayman on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the UCCI Sir Vassell Johnson Hall and;
  • Cayman Brac December 12, 2014 at the Layman E. Scott High School.

Again, we are partnering with other departments in government to showcase how GIS is being used to drive decisions, and in homage to our theme, how maps are used to ‘tell their stories’.

What are Story Maps?

“Story maps use geography as a means of organizing and presenting information. They tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context…” (Esri US - Source). Story Maps, also called GeoStories or Geographic Stories, combines place-based information to help convey a message using the power of maps. Story maps are designed for general audiences to summarize issues or to assist with communication by presenting results spatially.

For further information on Story Maps visit: ESRI Story Maps

Or National Geographic GeoStories

About GIS Day

GIS Day is celebrated worldwide annually during Geography Awareness Week. “GIS Day celebrations educate millions of children and adults in more than 80 countries on the benefits of geography and geographic information system (GIS) technology” Esri Canada.

Please join us and help raise awareness of the substantial contributions that GIS makes in Cayman every day and help forge new career paths!

For more information on GIS Day, please visit www.gisday.com or on Geography Awareness Week at National Geographic

For further information on GIS Day and GIS Resources contact:

Lands and Survey Department, National GIS (NGIS) Section


Roads Assessment Committee Decisions

August 21st, 2014

RAC issues decision on land acquired from Heaven’s Gate Cemetery – Block 23C Parcel 44.

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New Subscriber Portal Launched

July 31st, 2014

The Lands & Survey Department and the National GIS are happy to announce the launch of our new subscriber portal http://my.caymanlandinfo.ky .  This portal is meant to be your new one-stop destination for use of your Cayman Land Info subscription.

Included in today’s launch is a complete revision of our web mapping client known as Caymap.   Two years in the making, Caymap has been completely rewritten from the ground up.  It features a new modern user interface, is vastly more powerful, is faster performing, and is compatible with a much wider range of browsers including support for mobile devices!   The subscription packages have been enhanced and now have access to more data than ever before and there are new very powerful tools built in to work with this data.

Over the next few months we will continue to roll out new products and features on the My Cayman Land Info portal.   All of this is being done at no additional cost to our website subscribers.   We thank you for your continued support.  


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.

 


EXPRESS SERVICE FOR LAND REGISTRY CUSTOMERS

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 Maps.ky 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 mappinginfo@gov.ky 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 CLIFeedback@gov.ky. 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 mapinfo@gov.ky 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 CLIfeedback@gov.ky

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.

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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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Advertisement Sales for The 2015 Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands has begun

Lands and Survey is accepting advertising opportunities for the 2015 Official and Most Excellent Map of the Cayman Islands. Over 100,000 maps will be distributed at points including:

  • 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 reach more customers and advertise on the map please see our Information memo.

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.