The Board of Negotiation (BON) deals with compensation for land expropriations. When an authority expropriates land, the property owner may disagree with the amount of money the authority offers. If that happens, the property owner or the authority can ask the BON to help negotiate a settlement. If no settlement is reached, the matter may be appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and/or through civil proceedings.
Coming to the BON is an informal process and provides a fair and accessible forum to negotiate compensation claims. BON mediations are private and only include the parties involved.
History and Jurisdiction
The BON was created under the 1964 Expropriations Procedures Act. The current law for expropriations, the Expropriations Act, came into effect on January 1, 1970. Under this act, the role of the BON continues as a forum to negotiate fair compensation for expropriated land.