The Ministry for Lands and Mineral Resources (MLMR) has seen an increase in illegal sand and gravel extraction since the first COVID-19 lockdown in April this year.
Perpetrators are seen to have taken full advantage of the minimum movement measurements that were put in place by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Therefore the Ministry is working towards creating more public awareness on how to legally acquire a license for extraction.
Under Section 2 of the State Lands Act 1945 and Section 2 of the Rivers and Streams Act 1880, the State (Government) owns all Foreshore, Rivers, Streams and the Waters of Fiji including the soil under the waters of Fiji. This include sand and gravel.
So, anyone who wishes to extract for personal or commercial use of these materials, will need to obtain a license from the MLMR through our three (3) Divisional Offices namely Lands Lautoka Office at Tavewa Bldg, Lands Central Eastern Office at Gladstone Rd, Suva and Lands Labasa Officer at Macuata House.
The necessary checklist for sand and gravel extraction license can be obtained from our three (3) Divisional office. In brief these are stated below: Application lodged by Individuals:
1. Formal application letter
2. Locality diagram
3. Access agreement
4. Waiver of fishing rights form – to be issued by the Divisional office
5. Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)/ Environment Management Plan (EMP) – enquire with Department of Environment
6. EIA/EMP approval – issued by Department of Environment
7. Rock Test – to determine the quality of resource lab test
8. Tin letter.

Application lodged by Companies:
1. All documents from number 1 – 8
2. Company Registration Certificate
3. Certified Photo ID of Directors
4. Schedule of Director and Shareholders

Application lodged by Trust:
1. All documents from number 1 – 8
2. Registered Deed of Trust - Registered under Deeds
3. Certified Photo ID of Trustees.
Application fee is: $32.70

According to the Director Lands, anyone found carrying out either a small scale or commercial extraction of these resources from any of the public beaches, foreshore, rivers and streams without a valid sand and extraction license, is breaking the law and will be prosecuted accordingly.

State Land Rental Payment Services

Bank account, MPAISA, Post Fiji and EFTPOS options for ground rental payment. Any payments done online, MPAISA or Post Fiji, contact 9643832/9368425.
BSP

BSP

Account Name: Fiji Government Consolidated Fund Account
Account Number: 719354
Swift Code: BOSPFJFJ
Narration/Reference: File Reference or Lease Account Number
MPaisa

MPaisa

Payment through MPaisa App or SMS.
Post Fiji

Post Fiji

Any PostFiji Outlet.
EFTPOS

EFTPOS

EFTPOS options at the three divisional offices.