Central Region

The Central Regional Office was established in 1998 as a regional branch in accordance with section 11 of the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands Act, 1994 (Act 481). The Regional Office is located in Cape Coast on the premises of the Town and Country Planning (Land Use Spatial Planning Authority). Currently, the Region operates in Eight (8) Districts.

Sources of Revenue and Revenue Disbursement
The main revenue sources in the Region are ground rent, farm tributes/rents, annual rents from mining/ quarry/s and winning concessions, timber and mineral royalties. Revenues mobilised are disbursed to respective stakeholders as specified by law.

The Office retains a portion of the revenue for administrative purposes (10%), the remaining is taken as 100% and disbursed to Traditional Authorities (20%), 55% to the District Assemblies within the area of authority in which stool land is situated to assist in development projects and 25% to the Stools in keeping with its status.

The core mandate Office is the collection and disbursement of stool land revenues in the region and ensuring sanity in customary stool land administration in the region. The Office is also mandated by the Lands Act, 2020, Section 14 (2) and (3) to collaborate in the establishment and performance of functions in relation to a Customary Land Secretariat through provision of technical and advisory services in that regard.

Moreover, the Office plays a proactive role in community development in all Districts it operates in. By law, the Office allocates 55% of revenue mobilized to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for developmental projects. This is to ensure fair and equitable distribution of funds to all land-owning communities and residents as well as to foster inclusiveness.



This is the predominant land holding type in the region. This is because ownership of lands by stools can be found in all the 22 Administrative Districts in the region. The nature of stool lands is that the lands are granted by appropriate stools who are able to confirm their allodial title to the land through historical information of their conquest of the land and their subsequent settlement on the land, discovery and subsequent settlement on the land, purchase of the land, acquisition by way of gift of that land.

Their ownership is also confirmed by their respective Traditional Councils who affirm the land belonging to the said stool.


Family Lands are under the authority of a group of persons who share ties by blood and who have acquired their land mainly through discovery, gifts or purchase – Okwan v. Amankwah II. Family Lands are granted by the Heads of the Family with consent by Principal Members of the Family. They are very common in the Awutu, Effutu, Agona and Gomoa areas of the Region.


These lands are administered by the Lands Commission on behalf of the state. They may be public or vested lands and are usually acquired through compulsory acquisition by the state. The Cape Coast Municipality has about 60% of its land area being under the ownership of the state. Winneba and most of the towns in Effutu also have their lands being vested in the state.

Currently, lands under Hemang Traditional Area which by its history was a stool land finds its lands under State Ownership through the Hemang Lands (Acquisition and Compensation) Act 1992 (PNDCL 294).


This land holding type was in existent before the 1992 Constitution was passed. With Alienation Lands, ownership is vested in a group of persons or company (not necessarily bonded by blood ties) who acquired their lands through purchase from the original owners who may be either a stool or a family.

In the Central Region, such lands are situated in the predominantly agrarian areas of the Region such as Dunkwa, Twifo Praso, Assin North and Bremang Asikuma.

Regional Structure

Operations Department

The Operations Department is the technical wing of the Office and it is responsible for the stakeholder engagement, collection of stool land revenue, research into stool land related issues, monitoring and evaluation of the districts in the Region.

Accounts Department

The Accounts Department is responsible for the financial administration of the Office such as the apportionment and disbursement of stool land revenue, preparation of statement of accounts to beneficiaries etc.

Administration Department

This department provides the general administrative services and human resource management of the Office.

Regional Management

Surv. Isaac Oppong-Yeboah

Regional Stool Lands Officer

Surv. Kwame Buabeng

Head of Operations

Mr. Patrick Amporful Antwi

Head of Accounts

Ms. Monica Alimata Awelleh

Head of Administration

Our Services

Rent Assessment
Revenue Disbursement
Customary Lands Secretariat
Public Education & Sensitization
Revenue Mobilization
Land Administration

Regional Statistics


District Offices

Year Established

Annual Revenue

About Us

The Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands Act, 1994 (Act 481) was passed to actualize the establishment of the Office.  Subsequently, in 1996 the first Administrator of Stool Lands was appointed and the Office began operations.

P.O.Box CT 3076, Cantonments, Accra


+233 030 267 4160
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