Navigating Foreign Land Ownership in Bali


In the picturesque land of Bali, where azure waters meet lush green landscapes, many foreigners dream of owning a slice of paradise. The good news is that, as of 2023, it is indeed possible for foreigners to buy property in Bali. However, as with any real estate venture abroad, there are certain restrictions and guidelines that must be followed.

Foreign Land Ownership in Bali

Foreigners cannot own land in Indonesia outright, including in Bali. Instead, they can acquire property through a foreign-owned company known as PT PMA, registered with the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). The PT PMA can then obtain one of two titles for the property:

  • Right to Build (Hak Guna Bangunan/HGB): This title allows the foreign owner to construct buildings on leased land, with leases extending up to a substantial 80 years.
  • Right to Use (Hak Pakai): This title permits foreign owners to utilize properties already built on land with a tenure of 25 years, renewable for up to 70 years.

Legal Requirements for Foreign Property Owners

Foreigners who want to own property in Bali must comply with several legal requirements, including:

  1. Obtaining a valid Indonesian Tax Identification Number (NPWP).
  2. Registering a local company, a common method for foreigners to acquire property in Bali.
  3. Obtaining a building permit (IMB) and other relevant permits to ensure the property is legally constructed and compliant with local regulations.
  4. Ensuring that the land or property is not located in a protected area and is not subject to any land disputes or claims.

Property Ownership Options

There are two main types of property ownership options available to foreigners in Bali: leasehold and freehold.

  • Leasehold: Allows a foreigner to lease the property for a period, usually between 25 to 30 years. The lease can be renewed, but the renewal process can be complicated.
  • Freehold: Allows a foreigner to own the property outright, with the title deed registered under their name or their company’s name. However, foreign ownership of freehold property is limited to certain types of properties.


Understanding and navigating the complexities of foreign land ownership in Bali is crucial. Prospective foreign investors should ensure compliance with local regulations and seek professional legal advice to facilitate their investment journey.

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