Properties Registration

Angola, 2014-2021

A nationwide project for the legalization and regularization of some 200,000 housing properties in Angola. The project aims to promote legal, organized urban growth, while improving taxation efficiency and fostering a better business environment.

Project story

This challenging project called for the legalization and regularization of about 200,000 housing properties in various development towns, as well as properties confiscated by the state since 1975. The project includes: dedicated legal work and support, including defining legal frameworks and legislation, accurate aerial photos covering 3000 km², geo-referencing, mapping and interpretation and producing urban plans. More than 2.4 million documents from various public entities were scanned and indexed in order to support the legal and geographical data, assuring reliable information and orderly and balanced growth.
The result was a national property registration system based on unique identification numbers, integrated into the tax administration database.

Additional IT modules allowed the issuance of registration certificates and communication between notaries and the registries.

The project also included training and knowledge transfer to public administration employees, in order to build autonomous local teams.

The process


Carrying out such a complex national project requires coordination and cooperation among numerous government ministries, some of which had not previously interacted with one another.


Using geographic information system (GIS) technology and aerial photography to accurately represent and provide geo-reference data for all the properties involved.


A special committee was established to assist and monitor project work. New legislation was required and the project had to be adapted to suit the demands of all the entities involved.

Some numbers

SDGs we followed

Nationwide housing properties legalized and regularized


Different urban plans produced


In conversation
with Daniela Pinto

Daniela Pinto is a Legal Advisor.

I had worked on urban planning and public procurement in Angola for some time, but only from Portugal. When the opportunity to work on this project locally, in Angola, arose I was pleased to be involved.

Because this is a legally complex project, we had to be sure we were providing accurate information to all the public entities involved, while ensuring that our teams had all the documentation required to move forward with their work in a way that interfaced well with daily life in Angola.

Access to housing is a serious challenge in Angola. This project will enable the state not only to carry out legalization of houses already delivered to its citizens, but also to enjoy a level of legal certainty. Having an orderly properties registration system in place will help improve Angola’s business environment and well as the lives of its citizens.

“An orderly properties registration system…will improve Angola’s business environment and the lives of its citizens."

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