Andhra Pradesh Land Conversion
Andhra Pradesh Land Conversion
Land conversion is a process of converting agricultural land to non-agricultural land. As per Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Land (Conversion for non-agricultural purposes) Act, 2006, agricultural land in Andhra Pradesh can be converted for commercial, industrial and residential purposes only by taking prior permission from the competent authorities in the state. In this article, we look at the procedure for completing Andhra Pradesh Land Conversion in detail.
AP Agricultural Land (Conversion for Non-Agricultural Purposes) Act
Government of Andhra Pradesh has introduced the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Land (conversion for non-agricultural purposes) Act in the year 2006. The objective of this act is to regulate the conversion of agriculture land to non-agriculture land in Andhra Pradesh.
As per Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Land Act, the following types of land cannot be converted.
- Land owned by the Andhra Pradesh Government
- Land used for religious or charitable purposes
- Land owned by the local authority and used for any communal purposes so long as the land is not used for commercial purpose
- Land used by the owner for household industries involving traditional occupation, not exceeding one acre
Documents Required For Land Conversion
Below mentioned documents are necessary for land conversion in Andhra Pradesh:
- Land conversion application form
- Copy of Pattadhar passbooks
- Copy of Title Deed
- Basic Value certificate from Sub-Registrar
- Ration Card
- EPIC Card
- Aadhaar Card
Andhra Pradesh Land Conversion Procedure
To convert agriculture land into non- agriculture, follow the procedure given below.
Step 1: Calculate Conversion fee
The landowner needs to calculate the conversion fee as One Time Conversion tax (OTC tax) for converting agricultural land into non–agriculture land.
OTC tax for proposed lands in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam Municipality Corporation is 2% of the basic value of the land. All other areas, the OTC tax is 3% of the basic value of the land.
Basic Value of Land
To get the basic value of land, the owner or applicant can follow the procedure described here:
Step 1: Visit the home page of the Registration department of Andhra Pradesh.
Step 2: Click on Market value option from Find menu. The page will redirect to next page.
Step 3: You can check agriculture and non-agriculture rate of land by selecting the appropriate option.
Step 4: Select district, village and Mandal from the drop-down menu and click on submit.
Step 5: Land rate will display on the screen. You can get door number wise details by clicking on the ‘Get’ button.
Step 2: Pay One Time Conversion tax
The landowner can pay one-time conversion tax to Government by challan in the OTC head of account 0035-101-01-001 or by e-payment. After paying the tax to obtain challan copy or e-payment receipt.
Step 3: Application for Land conversion
After the payment of one-time conversion tax, the owner of the land has to submit the intimation through OTC application through MeeSeva centre. Fill all details as mentioned below in the conversion form.
- Name of the owner
- Aadhaar number
- Survey number
- The village, district or Mandal
Land Conversion Application Form
Submit a copy of challan or e-payment receipt along with application form and pay Rs.25 for user charge in MeeSeva centre. The conversion application form will be forwarded online to the concerned Tahsildar and to the competent authority for further changes in the revenue record that the land is converted as non-agricultural land.
Step 4: Receipt of Intimation
After approval, competent authority will issue a notice for one-time conversion tax payment. MeeSeva operator will provide you with this Receipt of Intimation of payment for land conversion. The format of e-receipt will be as follows:
Step 5: Land conversion
After receiving a receipt of intimation, the Landowner will be entitled to convert agricultural land to non-agriculture land. Converted land can be used for commercial, industrial and residential purposes.
Step 6: Inspection by Competent Authority
The competent authority will inspect and measure the converted land. In the case of deceitful conversion, the officer will give notice to the applicant.
Step 7: Visit by District collector
The concerned district Collector will review every three months, whether the converted lands are used for intended purposes.
Penalty for Deemed Conversion
If any agricultural land in the state has been put to non-agricultural purpose without obtaining the permission from the concerned authority, the land will be deemed to have been converted into non-agricultural purpose. Upon such deemed conversion, the competent authority will impose a fine of 50% over and above the conversion fee for the land.
The landowner has to pay the penalty. Any penalty remains unpaid after the date specified for payment; the land would be recoverable as per the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Revenue Recovery Act, 1864.