- A foreigner can rent workspace.
- The rental local market is governed by the Rent Act (1972).
- An indicative list of rental costs is provided below
|Type of property
||Price (USD per m2 per month)
|Commercial space/building (shop front)
Source: IGuide Zambia. Prices are for main commercial cities (2018 figures).
- The following land categories are available for investment in Zambia
|Held by legal persons (whether a company or an individual)
||Held and administered by the respective government institutions
||Held by the respective chiefdoms
System of tenure
- Investors can only get ownership through a leasehold tenure.
- The leasehold tenure runs for 99 years and is renewable for a further 99 years.
- In case of land disputes, the resolution is speeded up by the existence of Lands Tribunals.
- It is possible to appeal decisions of the Tribunal with the Supreme Court.
- When transferring lands, the following costs incur
||Property transfer tax
|The amount varies locally
||Charged by the Commissioner of Lands
||The fee has to be paid to the Lands and Deeds Registry before the registration of the lease
||The seller has to pay 5% of the realised value or the open market value to ZRA.
If the seller is the government, the transaction is tax free.
Building and construction
- Before starting construction work, the investor has to obtain a construction permit from the city planning department of the City Council.
To this end, the investor has to contract first with an architect and a structural engineer –that is a selected company from the pool of registered engineers.
- To get the permit, the investor has notably to
|1. Liaise with an architect to realize the architectural drawings. The architectural drawing has to be uploaded by the architect into the City Planning Registry.
||2. Pay the construction payment fees to the City Council. After a one-month delay, the architect will receive the architectural plans approval notification.
||3. Submit the architectural drawings and the notification of approval for signature at the City Council offices, Department of City Planning.
|4. Ask the structural engineer and the architect to upload the structural plans into the City Council registry.
||5. To obtain the authenticated structural plans and approved certificate of structural design, ask the structural engineer or the architect to present the application reference number.
||6. Once all these stages have been overcome, the investor can register the project with the National Council for Construction.