The idea to establish the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands was mooted way back in the 1950s. The rationale for its establishment was to put in place a mechanism, which would ensure equitable enjoyment of the benefits accruing from stool land resources by the entire subjects of stools by the setting up of an Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands.
Even though steps were taken to establish the Office, these existed only on paper. However an administrative arrangement was put in place whereby, under a caretaker arrangement, the then Lands Department, which later became the Lands Commission performed the functions of the Office.
The 1992 Constitution in Article 267(2) stipulated the establishment of the Office. In 1994 Parliament passed the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands Act 1994, (Act 481) and in 1996 the Office started effective operations by the establishment of its Head Office and Six Regional Offices.
Currently the Office has seven (7) Regional Offices namely Western, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra and Northern and Eighty-eight (88) District Offices throughout the country.