Leases and Licences

13. Lease or licensing of Government land.- Lands which are likely to be required in future for Government or public purposes, but not immediately may be leased or licensed for the following purposes without auction.

  • (a) Lease of land for agricultural purposes to families of Scheduled Castes or Tribes 1[xxxx] and landless and indigent families belonging to other communities.
  • (b) Lease of land indispensably required for beneficial enjoyment of adjoining 1[x x x] holding. 2[Note.- In such cases the lease shall automatically terminate on the date on which the lessee ceases to be in enjoyment of the adjoining holding].
  • (c) Lease of land under any scheme approved by the Government.
  • (d) Lease of land for agricultural purposes to Co-operative Societies.
  • (e) Lease or licence of land for temporary occupations for purposes like putting up pandals or sheds for conferences, fairs, festivals, and marriages and for entertainments like cinema, circus, drama and exhibition.


(1) Lease or licence of land for purposes like the following: -

  •         (i) Retting of coconut husks;
  •        (ii) Stocking of materials;
  •        (iii) Use as play grounds;
  •         (iv) Laying of pipe lines; 
  •         (v) Riding up drainage covering and construction of steps on road margins; 
  •         (vi) Putting up of shops;
  •         (vii) Construction of petrol bunks; and
  •        (viii) Such other purposes as may be decided upon by Government from time to time.

3[13A. Lands with ports limits.-

  1.  Lands with in ports limits shall be leased out or licenced for marine purposes by the Port Department in consultation with the Revenue Department
  2.  Lease or license of land within the port limits for non-marine purposes shall be made by the concerned officers of the Revenue Department in consultation with the port department.

1. Omitted by G.O. (P) 275/66/Rev. dt. 17-5-1966 pub. inK.G. No. 26 dt. 31-5-1966.
2. Added by SRO21/69dt. 13-1-1969 pub. in K.G. Ex. No. 9 dt. 13-1-1969.
3. Inserted by G.O. (P) 88/67/Rev. dt. 27-2-1967pub. in K.G. No. 9 dt 7-3-1967.

  • (3) The revenue realised from lease or licence for marine and non-marine purposes shall be to the credit of the receipt head of the concerned departments viz. the Port Department or the Revenue Department as the case maybe.Note:- Marine purposes for which the use of Government lands in port limits shall
  • be considered are the following:-
  • (a) For hauling up or docking a sea-going vessel.
  • (b) For building a sea-going vessel.
  • (c) For storing timber, firewood, clay and tiles before shipment and after landing.
  • (d) For storing cargo other than (c) before shipment and after landing.
  • (e) For hauling up a cargo or other Boat for repairs.
  • (f) For building a cargo or other boat.
  • (g) For a crane site.
  • (h) For saw pits of sheds.
  • (i) For scrapping native craft at a boat bunder for repairs.
  • (j) For hauling up a vessels on a boat bunder for repairs etc.
  • (k) For laying up logs of timber or boats plying for hire at a boat bunder.
  • (1) For oil installations].

14. Period of lease etc.-

  1.  Lease, under clause (a) of Rule 13, shall subject to the provisions of Rule 16, be granted by the Tahsildar for periods not exceeding two years at a time and up to a maximum extent of three acres '[1-2141 hectares] for a family;
  2.  Leases, under clause (b) of Rule 13, shall, subject to the provisions of rule 16. be granted by the Tahsildar for periods not exceeding two years at a time and up to a maximum of 50 cents 1[20.23ares] in each case.
  3.  Leases, under clause {c) of rule 13, shall be granted for periods not exceeding five years and upto a maximum extent of five acres (2.0234 hectares) by the Tahsildar, for periods not exceeding ten years and upto a maximum extent of 10 acres 1[(4.0468 hectares)] by the Revenue Divisional Officer, for periods not exceeding twenty years and upto a maximum extent of twenty acres 1[(3-0937 hectares)] by the District Collector, and in other cases by the Government:Provided that in cases where the scheme, as approved by the Government itself specifies the period of the lease and the extent of the land to be leased, the grant shall be limited to such period and extent.
  4.  Lease under clause (d) of rule 13, shall be granted for periods not exceeding ten years, by the Tahsildar upto a maximum extent of three acres 1[(1.2141 hectares)] by the Revenue Divisional Officer upto a maximum extent often acres 1[(4.0468 hectares)] and by the District Collector upto a maximum extent of twenty acres 1[(8.0937 hectares)]. In other cases sanction of the Government shall be obtained.
    1. Added by G.O. (P) 285/66/Rev, dt. 17-5-1966 pub. in K.G. No. 22 dt. 31-5-1966.
  5.  Leases or licenses, under clauses (e) and (f) of rule 13, shall be granted for periods not exceeding three years by the authorities competent to do so under the existing rules or orders or by such other authorities as may, from time to time, be specified by the Government:1[Provided that Government shall be the authority competent to give leases or licences for the purpose of conducting cinema]
  6. 2Lease or licence under sub-rule (2) or Rule ISA, shall, subject to the provisions of Rule 16, be granted by the Tahsildar for periods not exceeding two years at a time and upto a maximum extent of three acres (1.2141 hectares) by the Revenue Divisional Officer periods not exceeding 5 years, at a time and upto maximum extent to five acres (2.0234 hectares) and by the District Collector for periods not exceeding 10 years at a time and upto a maximum extent of 10 acres (4.0468 hectares). In all other cases the lease shall be granted by the Board of Revenue].

15. Conditions of lease or licence. -

  1.  Orders granting lease or licence under these rules for agricultural purposes shall be issued in the form in Appendix VI to these rules and those for non-agricultural purposes shall be issued in the form in Appendix VII to these rules. The lease or licence shall also be subject to the terms and the conditions specified in the order of grant.
  2.  Lease or licence granted under these rules shall be heritable, but not alienable; 3[xxx]
  3. Provided that the military personnel may lease for cultivation purposes the land assigned to them, whilst they are away on active service 3[xxx].
  4.  The assignee shall not be competent to determine the lease or licence, of his own accord during the currency thereof except when otherwise provided for in the order of grant.
  5.  It shall be competent for the authority who granted the lease or licence, to terminate the same, after giving sixty days notice, in writing, to the assignee, if the land or portion thereof is required for Government or public purposes. The grant shall also be liable to termination, 4[after giving reasonable notice, not exceeding fifteen days], if the assignee violates any of the conditions of the grant order.
  6. Machinery and Procedure for Granting Leases or Licences