Ministry of Land and Resources Conducts Significant Adjustment on Examination and Approval Procedure of City’s Construction Land
Lately, in order to implement the Circular on Relevant Issues on Further Strengthening Land Administration issued by the State Council, the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) conducted, with the approval of the State Council, a significant adjustment on the procedure of examination and approval of city’s construction land. Since 2007, the cities’ plans of farmland transfer for other purposes and land expropriation, which were legally approved by the State Council repetitively before, will be declared once a year by the provincial governments in summary. After being examined and verified by the MLR and then approved by the State Council, they will be implemented by the provincial governments, with the implementation program being put on records at the MLR. Thus the provincial governments will be generally responsible for the construction land of cities.
After the adjustment, the MLR will be responsible for examining the cities’ plans of farmland transfer for other purposes and land expropriation, with respect to the national plan and planning, and directing, supervising, and inspecting the implementation work organized by the local governments. The provincial departments of land and resources, on the respective administrative territory, are in charge of the examination, collection, and declaration of the cities’ plans of farmland transfer for other purposes and land expropriation, as well as the examination, verification, implementation, supervision, inspection, and report to the MLR for records of the cities’ implementation programs of farmland transfer for other purposes and land appropriation. And the municipal departments of land and resources are responsible for the compilation and submission of the city’s plan and implementation program of farmland transfer for other purposes and land expropriation, the practical expropriation and provision of land, and the report for records as well to the relevant provincial departments and the MLR.