The Rice Field Project Part 5 : Getting chanot poles


As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 5. To read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field

The land we bought has a fully legal chanot (land ownership papers). Normally every land with a chanot has the so called chanot poles. This are small cement poles that are fully in the ground. You see only the top of it. On the top is a stamp with number from the Land Office. Our land should have 9 chanot poles (yes the land has a bit weird form). But ... as the land is farming land it would be very unpractical to have chanot poles. They would be destroyed by the farming. So indeed our land did not have chanot poles when we bought the land.

So how do you get chanot poles?
  • As soon as you are owner of the land you go to the Land Office and apply for chanot poles. This did cost 3.300 Thai baht. You will get a letter confirming the date of installing the chanot poles.
  • The Land Office will send a letter to all the neighbours to invite them to come and see the installation of the chanot poles. 
At the day of installation 2 people of the Land Office did come with 9 chanot poles. They mark a center point in the middle of the land and from there they measure the location of the chanot poles. They will point out the location where the chanot poles will have to be placed, but the placing you will have to do yourself. 

The people from the Land Office fill in some official registration papers of the chanot poles and the neighbours are asked to sign behind every chanot pole number that is bordering their land. All our neighbors did show up and signed the papers. Then the papers have to be signed also by the local village head. And because our land is along a small public water stream, the people responsible for that also have to sign the papers.

In the meanwhile the location of the chanot poles will be checked at the Land Office (how is a total mystery to me). In an early land survey it showed that the land is actually a little bit bigger as on the chanot papers (about the size of a small room). All together it will take 1 month before you get official conformation that the poles are correct & legal. To prevent that the chanot poles will be lost under sand we will put a 1.50m cement poles next to every chanot pole.

This was the 5th part of our ongoing Rice Field Project, to read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field

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