Understanding Land Sizes and Measurement

Most people purchase land in Lagos and elsewhere without really understanding the meaning of terms associated with land sizes and measurement.

As a potential buyer wishing to buy a land or build a new house, you must be conversant with a few of these figures. The first hurdle is to understand the system of Land measurement in Nigeria.

In Nigeria today, Land is measured in Hectares, Acres, Metres and Feet. These measurements are affected by factors which include development pattern, human and environmental factors.

Let’s start by taking the measurements one after the other.


What is the size of a Standard Plot in Nigeria? According to the dictionary meaning of a plot, it is a marked out piece of land for the purpose of building or farming. The word ‘plot’ is an arbitrary term used to describe a land division carved out for property development.

The size of a plot can vary for different reasons but according to Nigeria’s land division, the appropriate plot for house construction is 50 X 100ft which can accommodate a standard house with a small compound.

To better understand land divisions used in Nigeria, different units of area are used as follows:


A hectare is one of the least known metric units and one which potential buyers and estate developers seem to struggle with. It is a land measuring: 100m x 100m or 328ft x 328ft or 10,000 sqm or 2 and 1/2 acres or 15 plots.


An acre is a standard unit of measurement used by land sellers and it is almost equivalent to the size of a standard football field. An acre is a product of any rectangular plot of land giving a total of 4,046sqm or 43,560sqft or 6 plots (each measuring 60ft x 120ft).

Plots in Lagos State: The standard size of  a plot is 60ft x 120ft (18m x 36m i.e. 648sqm) while in some other cities of the country, plots are measured in 50ft x 100ft.

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