The Land Board was established on January 16, 1990 on the basis of the Land Management Government of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Estonian SSR.
The State Land Board of the Republic of Estonia, then called, started working in the area of government of the Minister of Agriculture. On 16 July 1993, the Board was transferred to the area of government of the Ministry of the Environment by a regulation of the Government of the Republic.
At the establishment, our name was the State Land Board of the Republic of Estonia. Our institution has also been called the State Land Board, which was renamed the Land Board in December 1998.
The Land Board was established with the aim of ensuring the organization and more rational use of land use; to organize geodetic and cartographic works; introduce a unified land cadastre; to organize land valuation and control the introduction of land tax; to issue work permits for land management and land surveying; resolve land disputes, etc. After a while, the Land Board was also tasked with carrying out land reform, which became one of the most challenging tasks.
The leaders of the Land Board through the years
The government appointed Ago Soasepa, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, as the first Director General of the Land Board. Raivo Vallner, the former head of the land management government, started as the deputy head of the office, and from June 1991 he continued as the director general. In 1995–2006, the Director General of the Land Board was Kalev Kangur. From 2006 to the beginning of 2015, Raivo Vallner was the first Deputy Director General. From 23 February 2015, the Land Board is headed by Tambet Tiits as Director General.
Last updated: 14.09.2021