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Different Types of Land Sizes In Nigeria Explained

Different Types of Land Sizes In Nigeria Explained

Hello Toplanders, today we’ll be explaining the different types of land measurements. Often times some interested buyers of properties are often confused as to how these lands are measured, their differences and how to understand the parameters used in measuring.

It is very possible that you reading now have also at one point in time wondered, what is the size of a plot of land? And what could that be in square metres? Some also wonder how does a plot compare with an acre or hectare? These are some frequent questions often asked by real estate buyers in Nigeria. These questions are sometimes replied with varying answers depending on who you ask.

There are various terms which are currently in use across Nigeria to denote or measure the actual size of a land or property. We believe that it is important that you have a good understanding of these terms in order to make better informed decisions and get the best properties for the best prices.

Majority of the people in Lagos and Abuja prefer to use the square meters as a way of measuring in the official land documents: but often times, sellers and agents alike are more accustomed to the use of terms such as plots, acres, hectares and square feet. However these units of measurement can be easily converted to one another, depending on who is transacting. Furthermore, we intend to help you understand some of these measurement terms and how they compare to one another.



A plot of land

The first thing you will need to understand about these widely used term for measurement is that there is no existing standard size. As the measurements used in respect to plots defer from place to place.


A plot is traditionally known as a term that is used to describe any piece of land. The term “A plot” can be used flexibly when referring to various land types, either for building a home or for farming. When looking to buy land, it is wise that you ask the developer or agent “what is the size of this plot in question”?


However the typical plot of land in Nigeria usually measures between 100 ft x 100 ft = 30 m x 30 m = 10,000 square feet = 900 square meters. In which, a half plot can be considered to be 50 ft x 100 ft = 15 m x 30 m = 5000 square feet = 450 square meters.

Although these measurements may vary from state to state in Nigeria, there can be variations to the sizes of a plot: 18 m x 30 m (540 sqm) and 18 m x 36 m (648 sqm; Lagos) are also common plot sizes. This is why it is essential that you always request sizes in square meters, for such things as ease of comparison.


Usually the size of a plot can be measured using various measurement units such as acres, hectares. Also it can be in square feet or square metres. These units are widely known as international standards of measurements: Imperial (feet, acres) and metric (meters, hectares).

The term acres and hectares are bigger measurement units which are mostly used for larger areas of land like forests and farmlands, while units like feet and meters are mostly used to describe smaller plots of land, like in cities, where you may want to build a house.

So therefore In Nigeria, a plot is usually in reference to smaller parcels of land. As Nigeria primarily uses the metric system of measurements, which is also the reason why these plots of land are usually measured in square meters.

Also these are the reasons why official land documents in Nigeria are also documented with sizes in square meters.


6 Common units used for measuring land in Nigeria


Meter (m)

The meter is a basic unit of length used in the metric system. It is also the equivalent to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches.


Foot (ft)

A foot, which is actually the of plural feet, is another unit used for measuring length. It is used in the imperial system of measurement. It is also the equivalent to 30.48 centimeters or 12 inches.


Square meters (sqm)

A square metre is fundamentally the metric unit of area. While a square meter is  the area of a square which has sides that measure 1 meter in length. It has a symbol m². It is also used for measuring areas of anything from rooms to houses to land.


 Square foot (sq ft)

The square foot, which is the plural of square feet, is an imperial unit of area. 1 square foot is also defined as the area of a square which has sides that measure 1 foot in length.



The acre is another unit of area commonly used in land measurement in  Nigeria, typically a large expanse of land. 1 acre is equivalent to 4046.86 sqm. An acre is approximately 40% of a hectare and is roughly the size of a standard football field.



A hectare is a unit more commonly used for measurement of a very large tract of land i.e A  vast expanse of land to be used for large scale farming or the building of an industrial project (like a big factory). 1 hectare is equivalent to 100 m x 100 m or 10,000 sqm. A hectare can also be represented as 2.47 acres.


Finally if you’re interested a buying a land or any property in Lagos, we @ Topland Realties Limited are expert Real Estate Consultants. We boast many years of experience in the business and have helped buyers and sellers of various types of properties to get high value for their investments. We currently have properties for sale in Ibeju-Lekki, Lekki-Epe Expresway, Ajah, V.I, and many other parts of Lagos, Nigeria.

So why not contact us today to get started with that property you’ve always wanted to acquire?

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