How to invest: steps for implementation of the investment projects

Spatial planning conditions

(Project compliance with the applicable spatial plans)

Law on Physical Planning (OG 153/13)
Law on Construction (OG 153/13, 20/17)

Verifying if and what type of area intervention is allowable can be reviewed in the appropriate spatial plan. Current spatial plans are available in the Physical Planning Information System https://ispu.mgipu.hr/.

Site information

Interested parties may request site information for specific land parcels. Site information will apprise interested parties of construction and other conditions for project realization on a specific parcel of land.

At the request of an interested party, the administrative body for the area on which the land is located will provide site information within eight days from the date of the submission of the request.

List of administrative departments responsible for spatial planning and construction work

Law on Physical Planning (OG 153/13)
Law on Construction (OG 153/13, 20/17)

Verifying if and what type of area intervention is allowable can be reviewed in the appropriate spatial plan. Current spatial plans are available in the Physical Planning Information System https://ispu.mgipu.hr/.

Site information

Interested parties may request site information for a specific parcel of land. Site information will apprise interested parties of construction and other conditions for project realization on a specific parcel of land.

At the request of an interested party, the administrative body for the area on which the land is located will provide site information within eight days from the date of the submission of the request.

List of administrative departments responsible for spatial planning and construction work

Law on Physical Planning (OG 153/13)
Law on Construction (OG 153/13, 20/17)

Verifying if and what type of area intervention is permitted can be reviewed in the appropriate spatial plan. Current spatial plans are available in the Physical Planning Information System https://ispu.mgipu.hr/.

Site information

Interested parties may request site information for a specific parcel of land. Site information will apprise interested parties of construction and other conditions for project realization on a specific parcel of land.

At the request of an interested party, the administrative body for the area on which the land is located will provide site information within eight days from the date of the submission of the request.

List of administrative departments responsible for spatial planning and construction work

Law on Physical Planning (OG 153/13)

The spatial plans of a higher order (spatial planning of a city or municipality) stipulate the obligation to draft implementing documents for spatial planning:

  • UPU – Urban Development Plan
  • DPU – Detailed Development Plan.
Urban Development Plan

The Urban Development Plan further defines a spatial development of a settlement or part of a settlement based on a spatial and functional solutions, conditions and the design of the individual spatial units of a settlement.

The Urban Development Plan is made for the unimproved parts of the construction area of a settlement and unstructured separate construction sites outside the settlement and for parts of those areas planned for urban renewal.

Detailed Development Plan

A Detailed Development Plan in accordance with the spatial planning of a major city, a city or a municipality or an urban planning document elaborates in detail the conditions for the construction and arrangement of certain interventions in the space, in particular in regard to their purpose, position, size, and general design guidelines, and it defines measures to protect the environment, nature, and the landscape, and prescribes cultural-historical and other values.

Spatial plans are available in the Physical Planning Information System.

List of administrative departments responsible for spatial planning and construction work

Special status of the property

Because of the possibility that there may be a special legal regime on the property that may not have been identified in the cadastre or land registry, the following should be checked:

Law on Forests (NN 140/05, 82/06, 129/08, 80/10, 124/10, 25/12, 68/12, 148/13, 94/14)

Forests and forest land in the Republic of Croatia are managed through the forest management data bases for an area, which are made for a period of 10 years.
The ecological, economic and social background for the biological improvement of forests and the increase in forest production is determined through the forestry data base of an area. The aim of forest management in the Republic of Croatia is a sustainable and harmonious use of all forest functions and the permanent improvement of their condition.

Certificate of inclusion of property in the forest management data base

A request for issuing a certificate on whether a property is located in the forestry management zone should be submitted to the appropriate forestry authority. The price is set according to the price list in the Ordinance on the Establishment of the Catalogue of Forest Data and Other Data of Hrvatske šume Ltd.

The cost of the service based on the price list is:

  • up to 5 land parcels 50 kunas
  • from 5 to 20 land parcels 100 kunas
  • For each additional land parcel over 20 the price is increased by 5 kunas

List of Forest Administrations – Subsidiaries

Law on Compensation for Property Confiscated during Yugoslav Communist Rule
(NN 92/96, 39/99, 42/99, 92/99, 43/00, 131/00, 27/01, 34/01, 65/01, 118/01, 80/02, 81/02)

The restitution procedure for property seized during Yugoslav Communist rule is carried out through the provisions of the Law on Compensation for Property Confiscated during Yugoslav Communist Rule and is initiated upon the request of the former owner of the seized property.

The subject of compensation under this act includes the following types of property:

  • unbuilt construction land
  • farmland
  • forests and woodland
  • residential and commercial buildings, or ideal parts of such buildings, as well as flats and business premises as separate parts of the building, or ideal parts of these special parts together with the associated land
  • boats
  • companies
  • movables

An application for issuance of a certificate on whether a claim for repossession has been filed under the provisions of the Law on Compensation for Property Confiscated during Yugoslav Communist Rule should be filed with the appropriate administrative office of the county property and legal affairs services.

Law on Water (OG 153/09, 63/11, 130/11, 56/13, 14/14)

Public water resources are a public good in general use or in public use and are owned by the Republic of Croatia.

Public water resources are entered in the land register and cadastre register as follows:

  • in addition to the information that is usually entered in the cadastre, the type of public water resource is also shown,
  • the following entry will be made in the cadastre registry: “public water resource in general use owned by the Republic of Croatia” and the name of the legal person who manages this good,
  • ban on alienation and ban on the burden of real estate with pledge right, with an indication of the consequence of the legality of the affairs, and all rights of prequalification, lease, repossession and lease are deleted and the limitations of the disposal of the land registry body or co-ownership subordinated to the owner of a certain resource..

By inspecting the ownership and possesion list, it is possible to determine if a property is entered as a public water resource.

Law on Roads (OG 84/11, 22/13, 54/13, 148/13, 92/14)
Law on Railways (OG 94/13, 148/13))

Verifying if a particular property is on a road, highway or railroad right-of-way is made by submitting an application for a statement to the competent authority with the number of the cadastral parcel and cadastre municipality in whose area the property is located. It is also recommended that you submit a copy of the cadastral plan with clearly visible parcel numbers.

It is possible to inspect the spatial plans currently in force in the Physical Planning Information System.

Hrvatske autoceste Ltd. 
Limited liability company, for the management, construction and maintenance of highways Širolina 4
Zagreb, Hrvatska
tel.: + 385 1 46 94 444
e-mail: info@hac.hr
Hrvatske ceste Ltd. Limited liability company, for the management, construction and maintenance of state roads 
Vončinina 3, 10000 Zagreb
Telefon: +385 1 4722 555
javnost@hrvatske-ceste.hr
HŽ Infrastruktura Ltd. Limited liability company, for the management, maintenance and construction of railway infrastructure Mihanovićeva 12, Zagreb
Telefon 01 4577111
Telefaks 01 4577730
www.hzinfra.hr
Law on De-Mining Activity (OG 110/15)

To verify if a particular property is located in a suspected mine area, submit a request for a certificate to the Croatian Mine Action Center with the number of the cadastral parcel and the cadastral municipality in whose area the property is located. It is also advisable to submit a copy of the cadastral plan with clearly visible parcel numbers.

Croatian center for de-mining Ante Kovačića 10, 44 000 Sisak
Tel.:  +385 44 554 151
Fax.: +385 44 554 142
e-mail: kontakt@hcr.hr
Law on Maritime Domain and Ports (OG 158/03, 100/04, 141/06, 38/09, 123/11, 56/16)

The maritime domain is a general good of interest to the Republic of Croatia. It has special protection and is used under the conditions and in the manner prescribed by law.

It is a space where the acquisition of the right of ownership and other real rights is prohibited and which is in a special, strict legal regime, which means that real estate within that regime is forbidden for legal traffic.

It is important to emphasize that this ban applies not only to land but also to buildings constructed on a part of land that is in a maritime area. These objects are subsumed in the maritime domain and together make a unique property, meaning that the land and buildings together are considered a maritime good.

Maritime property is available only through a concession and/or a sub-concession institute. The concession provider (the Republic of Croatia, a county or a local government unit) will issue a tender for granting a concession, decides on the best bidder, which is an administrative act, and concludes a concession contract based on that decision.

Verification of the inclusion of a particular property in the maritime domain can be made by examining the land registry.

Ownership and legal requirements

The ownership of the real estate is acquired through registration in land registries based on a sales contract and tabular statement. A tabular statement may be an integral part of the contract, but it can also be issued separately.The proposal to register an ownership right should be submitted to the land registry department in the municipal court relevant for the specific location of a property.
The documents required for registering the right of ownership are:

  • proposal for registering, in two copies
  • sales contract (original or certified copy)
  • vendor’s tabular statement (if it is not an integral part of the contract)
  • proof of the buyer’s citizenship (certificate of nationality, identity card, passport)
  • a court fee of 250 HRK

If a proposal for registering ownership rights is not submitted within 60 days of the date of acquiring the right to register land in the land registry, or the book of deposited contracts, a fee of 1,250 HRK will be charged.

After the necessary documents are submitted and a file number is obtained, the status of the case can be checked through the Ministry of Justice website (E-Excerpt) and on the joint information system of the land registry and cadastre (ZIS) of the Ministry of Justice and the State Geodetic Administration.

The deadline by which the land registry department of the relevant municipal court should enter the ownership rights in the land register is not prescribed by the Law on Land Registry. As a rule, these cases are resolved in the order in which they are received.

Law on Ownership and Other Proprietary Rights (OG 81/15)
Law on Management and Disposal of State-Owned Property (OG 94/13, 18/16)
Regulation on Methods for Disposal of State-Owned Property (OG 127/2013)
MODELS OF PROPERTY DISPOSAL

Sale, Lease, Right to Build, Right to Use (Easement), Replacement of the Property and other forms (Article 48 of the Act on Management and Disposal of the State-Owned Property).

SALE MODEL:

Direct negotiation.

PROCEDURE:

Potential investors should submit a written request to the Ministry of State Property (MIDIM) on the prescribed form (available on the MIDIM web site), along with: a land registry excerpt and a historical land registry excerpt, a copy of a cadastral plan, a certificate of the status and purpose of the property according to spatial planning documentation, all of which cannot be older than six months from the date of submission of the request, and a confirmation that a claim for property restitution has not been filed according to the Law on Compensation for Property Confiscated during Yugoslav Communist Rule (OG 92/96).

Delivery address: Ministry of State Property, Ivana Dežmana 10, 10000 Zagreb

REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX

The real estate transfer tax is paid at the rate of 4% (Law on Taxation of Real Estate Transfers, OG 115/16)

Law on Ownership and Other Proprietary Rights (OG 81/15)
Law on Management and Disposal of State-Owned Property (OG 94/13, 18/16)
Regulation on Methods for Disposal of State-Owned Property (OG 127/2013)
MODELS OF PROPERTY DISPOSAL

Sale, Lease, Right to Build, Right to Use (Easement), Replacement of the Property and other forms (Article 48 of the Law on Management and Disposal of State-Owned Property)

SALE MODEL:

Public bidding and public invitations for the submission of offers.

Exceptions:

  • projects declared strategically important for the Republic of Croatia,
  • for an illegally constructed object on a land owned by the Republic of Croatia that has been legalized in its current condition,
  • the existence of a valid lease agreement for more than five years, and
  • in cases involving a resolution of disputed property relations between the Republic of Croatia and third parties.
PROCEDURE:

Potential investors should submit a written request to the Ministry of State Property (MIDIM) on the prescribed form (available on the MIDIM web site), along with: a land registry excerpt and a historical land registry excerpt, a copy of a cadastral plan, a certificate of the status and purpose of the property according to spatial planning documentation, all of which cannot be older than six months from the date of submission of the request, and a confirmation that a claim for property restitution has not been filed according to the Law on Compensation for Property Confiscated during Yugoslav Communist Rule (OG 92/96).

Delivery address: Ministry of State Property, Ivana Dežmana 10, 10000 Zagreb

REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX

The real estate transfer tax is paid at the rate of 4% (Law on Taxation of Real Estate Transfers, OG 115/16)

Property Possession List – list of information about the property
The Property Possession List is a part of the land cadastre that contains the following data: the number of property possession list within the cadastral municipality, the name and surname of the owner or authorized person (right to build holder, the usufructuary, manager, concessionaire, tenant, etc), the identification number or other number used to indicate the owner or the authorized person, data on the residence or the seat of the owner or authorized person, data on the co-owner ratios when they are determined by the competent authority, data on cadastre parcels (number, position, form, manner of use and the surface), and information on buildings and other structures (location, form and use of buildings and other structures).Request for Property Possession List
A request for a copy of the Property Possession List, or excerpt from it, should be submitted to the relevant regional cadastre office.

To obtain a copy of, or an excerpt from, a Property Possession List, you must:

  • submit a written request,
  • enclose revenue stamps in value of 20 HRK with the request,
  • when a property possession list is issued, the customer must pay an administrative fee of 45 HRK in revenue stamps and 5 HRK in cash (not charged for an individual request on a single A4 page).

The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Cadastre Office: Request for issuance of public documents and use of official data.

The procedure is as follows:

  • Payment to the State Treasury / Ministry of Finance: HR121001005-1863000160
  • Model 64
  • Reference number 5002-6120-OIB, or the case number

For detailed information about the submission of requests, customers should contact the relevant regional cadastre office (the list is available on the State Geodetic Administration website: Regional Cadastre Offices).

The Property Possession List cannot be officially issued via the Internet, but it is available on the Cadastre web pages and can be printed with an automatic note that it is “not a public document.” (Cadaster).

Registration in the cadastre and land registry

When construction is completed and the certificate of occupancy is issued, the building can be recorded in cadastre and land registers.

The Cadastre Office registers the building ex officio on the basis of the geodetic project and the statement of the authorized geodetic engineer that the building was constructed in accordance with the project, i.e. on the basis of a geodetic survey for cadastral records, or the change in the building data in the case of a building without a geodetic project, snapshots and surveying, prescribed by special regulations governing state surveying and the cadastre.

A list of regional cadastre offices is available on the State Geodetic Administration website: Regional Cadastre Offices.

When the regional office registers the building, it ex officio informs the competent court about the registration of a building with the enclosed certificate of occupancy and cites the building authority that issued the license with the class number, reference number and the date of issue.

The court, when registering the building in a land registry, ex officio places an annotation that the building has been recorded in the cadastre with the enclosed certificate of occupancy and cites the building authority that issued the license with the class number, reference number and the date of issue, or other documents stipulated by law.

Law on Ownership and Other Proprietary Rights (OG 81/15),, Articles 35. and 391.
Act on Local and Regional Self-Government (OG 137/15)
City of Zagreb: Decision on Construction Land (City of Zagreb Official Gazette 22/13, 16/14, 26/14, 2/15, 5/15- consolidated text 25/15)
MODELS OF PROPERTY DISPOSAL

Sale, Lease, Right to Build, Right to Use (Easement), Replacement of the Property and other forms.

SALE MODEL:

Direct negotiation

PROCEDURE:

The potential investor should submit a written request to the local or regional self-government, having previously checked if there are prescribed forms for property-related documentation (may vary by specific local or regional self-government).

REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX

The real estate transfer tax is paid at a rate of 4% (Law on Taxation of Real Estate Transfers, OG 115/16)

Law on Ownership and Other Proprietary Rights (OG 81/15),, Articles 35. and 391.
Act on Local and Regional Self-Government (OG 137/15)
City of Zagreb: Decision on Construction Land (City of Zagreb Official Gazette 22/13, 16/14, 26/14, 2/15, 5/15- consolidated text 25/15)
MODELS OF PROPERTY DISPOSAL

Sale, Lease, Right to Build, Right to Use (Easement), Replacement of the Property and other forms.

SALE MODEL:

Public bidding and public invitations for the submission of offers (Law on Ownership and Other Proprietary Rights (OG 81/15)), Article 391, Paragraph 1.

Exceptions:

  • projects deemed strategically important for the Republic of Croatia,
  • if the property previously owned by a local and regional government is acquired by the Republic of Croatia, or local and regional self-government units, or legal entities owned or majority owned by the Republic of Croatia or by a local and regional government, and if it is in the interest of general economic and social progress for its citizens,
  • if a building was constructed on privately owned land in accordance with a detailed spatial plan or site permit, but without a building permit or other appropriate act by the competent state administration body, and it lacks up to 20% of the area of the planned construction plot, provided that the customer obtains a building permit within one year of the date of the sales contract.

Special exceptions for the City of Zagreb (Decision on Construction Land in the City of Zagreb, Article 99)

  • The land can be leased through a public tender by collecting written bids, and exceptionally through oral bidding if two or more bidders offer the same amount for the lease fee.
  • The land can be leased without a public tender (by direct negotiation) to:
    • legal entities owned or majority owned by the City of Zagreb,
    • public law entities for the implementation of public need projects that are of interest to the City of Zagreb.
PROCEDURE:

The potential investor should submit a written request to the local or regional self-government, having previously checked if there are prescribed forms for property-related documentation (may vary by specific local or regional self-government).

Environmental permits

Law on Environmental Protection (OG 80/13, 153/13 and 78/15)
Regulation on Environmental Impact Assessment (OG 61/14 and 3/17)
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

The Environmental Impact Assessment procedure evaluates the acceptability of a planned project for the environment and establishes the environmental protection measures necessary to minimize the impact and achieve the highest possible environmental quality assurance. It is implemented at an early stage of the planning process prior to issuing a site permit or for a grant for which a site permit is not required.

The implementation of an environmental impact assessment procedure is governed by the above mentioned laws.

  • Operations that are required for an environmental impact assessment are listed in the List of Procedures in Annex I, which is an integral part of the regulation.
  • Operations that require an environmental impact assessment and for which the ministry is competent are listed in the List of Procedures in Annex II, which is an integral part of the regulation.
  • Operations that require an environmental impact assessment and for which the competent administrative body is the county or the city of Zagreb are listed in the List of Procedures in Annex III, which is an integral part of the regulation.

Criteria for evaluating environmental impact are listed in Annex V, which is an integral part of the regulation. The required content of the Environmental Impact Study, which is an integral part of the application, is described in Annex IV of the regulation. The study must be made based on the latest available and credible data. It must be carried out by an authorized legal entity that has the authority to accomplish these tasks. The cost of the study will be borne by the project provider.

The deadline for implementation of the environmental impact assessment is four months from the date of submission of the regular application. It can be extended for a maximum of two months if it is necessary to carry out additional actions.

ESTABLISHING THE NEED FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Establishing the need for an environmental impact assessment is a procedure carried out by the competent authority (the ministry or an administrative body of the county or the city of Zagreb), based on individual tests that follow established criteria (the list of interventions is listed in Annexes II, III and V). The Regulation on Environmental Impact Assessment (OG 61/14, 3/17) determines whether a planned operation will have a significant environmental impact and decides on the need for an assessment.

A project applicant may request a competent body to begin a screening procedure to establish the need for an environmental impact study, or it can start the study later if it is determined that its activity is included in the list of interventions in Annex II or Annex III of the Regulation on Environmental Impact Assessment (OG 61/14, 3/17).

Upon receiving a request to establish the need for an environmental impact assessment, the competent authority will solicit opinions from other bodies and/or persons defined by special regulations, and/or local and regional self-government units, and it will inform the public of the request.

Implementation of the procedure to establish the need for an environmental impact assessment is based on individual tests in accordance with the criteria in Annex V to the regulation and with opinions that have been received. When this procedure is completed, the competent authority will publish its decision and inform the public about it.

The deadline for the implementation of the procedure to establish the need for an environmental impact assessment procedure is two months from the day that the applicant submits the request.

Additional information is available on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

Law on Environmental Protection (OG 80/13, 153/13 and 78/15)
Regulation on Environmental Permits (NN 8/14)
ENVIRONMENTAL PERMIT

An environmental permit for the operation of a facility is issued after a single procedure to determine environmental protection measures as prescribed by the provisions of this Act.

The procedure for issuing an environmental permit for new facilities and for the reconstruction of existing ones will be implemented before the construction of a new facility or before a reconstructed facility is placed into operation.

An environmental permit will be issued once a decision on the acceptability of the environmental project has been reached.

The criteria for issuing environmental permits set by Article 10 of the Regulation on Environmental Permits (OG 8/14).

Procedure for obtaining an environmental permit

An application for an environmental permit is submitted to a plant, or for multiple plants or parts of installations at the same location, where the activity subject to the environmental permit will be carried out by the same operator. It must be submitted in accordance to Article 99 of the Law on Environmental Protection.

In addition to the request, an expert background report should be attached. Its content is prescribed in Annex IV of the regulation. When the ministry receives an adjudicated request, it will inform the public in accordance with the regulation to provide the public with information on environmental issues.

Once all the criteria in Article 17 of the regulation have been completed, the ministry will issue an environmental permit whose content is set under Article 18 of the regulation. The environmental permit is valid for a period of five years.

Additional information is available on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

APPROVAL OF THE SAFETY REPORT

Law on Environmental Protection (OG 80/13, 153/13 and 78/15)
Regulation on the Prevention of Major Accidents Including Hazardous Substances (OG 44/2014)

A request to issue a Safety Report must be submitted in writing and stored on electronic media (CD, DVD or similar) and must contain the Safety Report for which approval is required.
The application must contain:

  1. Data on the operator that manages the plant area:
      • for a legal person and a natural person of a craftsman: company and headquarters of the operator, personal identification number, identification number, name of the responsible person, telephone and fax and e-mail address; and
      • for a natural person: name and surname, personal identification number, address, telephone and e-mail address.

    The data from this point must be verified with a certified stamp of a court registry for a natural person, a certified stamp of a craft register for a natural person of a craftsman, a certified stamp of a farmer’s register for a natural person and a copy of a personal identity card for a natural person.

  2. Data on the location of the plant:
    • The location: the name of the local and regional self-government unit where the site is located, including municipal cadastral data;
    • For the area of ​​the plant: the exact name of the area of ​​the site, the personal identification number, the master number and all types of activities carried out in ​​the installation;
  3. Data on the authorized person who prepared the Safety Report, as evidenced by a copy of the consent for conducting professional environmental affairs – the production of safety reports obtained from the ministry by the authorized person;
  4. The administrative fee in the prescribed amount.
ISSUING APPROVAL TO THE SAFETY REPORT

Once the application is completed, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy will convene its Expert Council for an Opinion on a Safety Report. The cost of issuing a consent will be borne by the operator.

Approval of the Safety Report will be issued by the ministry based on the opinion of the Expert Council within 60 days of the submission of a formal request.

Approval of the Safety Report can be provided when it is established that the report has met all of the requirements under the provisions of the regulation (OG 44/14) and a special regulation governing physical planning.

The consent is issued for a period of five years.

APPROVAL OF A RECOVERY PROGRAM

Law on Environmental Protection (OG 80/13, 153/13 and 78/15)
Regulation on Environmental Damage Mitigation Measures and Remediation Programs (OG 145/2008)

For a remediation program for environmental damage caused by exceeding emission limit values, the operator is required to obtain the consent of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

The Regulation on Environmental Damage Mitigation Measures and Remediation Programs (OG 145/2008) specifies measures to eliminate environmental damage and harmful threats; the type, scope and methodology of remediation programs; the manner in which a consent for a remedial program is issued, and other related matters.

A company or other person required to carry out the rehabilitation program under this act must monitor the state of the environment, i.e. the effect of remediation on the environment, and secure the financial resources for the implementation of remedial measures.

Law on Environmental Protection (OG 80/13, 153/13 and 78/15)
Regulation on Assessment of Acceptability for the Ecological Network (OG 146/2014)

When the environmental impact assessment includes an assessment of the acceptability of the project for the ecological network according to a special regulation, the acceptability assessment procedure for the network must be carried out within the framework of an environmental impact assessment.

If the assessment of acceptability determines that the operation has a significant negative impact on the ecological network but there are no other suitable options for its implementation, the activity may proceed if an overriding public interest is established and compulsory implementation of compensatory conditions is established.

The procedure for assessing the eligibility of the ecological network and the procedure for determining the overriding public interest and the compensatory conditions will be carried out in accordance with the special regulation and the regulations referred to in Article 78, Paragraph 3 of the Act.

More information is available on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

Building permits

Law on Construction (OG 153/13, 20/17)

The site permit will be issued for:

  • an exploitation field, construction of mining facilities and installations that are used to conduct mining activities, hydrocarbon storage, and the permanent disposal of gases in geological structures;
  • determining new military locations and military construction works;
  • projects that are not considered to be construction pursuant to special regulations on construction;
  • stage construction and/or phase construction of a construction work;
  • construction on land or a building for which the investor has not formalized the legal property relations, or for which it is necessary to implement an expropriation procedure.

The procedure for issuing a site permit starts with the application by an interested party. The applicant must submit the following items with the application for the site permit:

  • three copies of the conceptual design;
  • a statement of the designer that the conceptual design was developed in accordance with a spatial plan;
  • special requirements and/or evidence that the applicant has submitted a request for defining special requirements, if they were not defined by the deadline prescribed pursuant to the Law on Construction;
  • a decision on the environmental acceptability of the project if it is a one that requires an environmental impact assessment and/or appropriate assessment of the impact of a project on the ecological network, pursuant to special regulations, and
  • a certificate of the validation of the conceptual design if the project is being developed according to foreign regulations.

Conceptual Design
In the case of a building/construction work for which a site permit must be obtained, a conceptual design must be developed.

The surveying design will be an integral part of the conceptual design for a site permit, which establishes the forming of a building plot or position of one or more construction works on the building plot. The surveying design will be developed as a separate part of the conceptual design.

Requirements for issuing a site permit
The procedure for issuing a site permit requires that:

  • the application for issuing the site permit is accompanied by the required documents;
  • all special requirements have been met;
  • the urban development plan has been adopted, provided that the permit is to be issued in the area where this plan prescribes that its adoption is obligatory (except for replacement construction works and the reconstruction of existing construction works);
  • it is possible to connect the building plot, or the building, to open areas, or a building permit for open areas has been issued (for new construction);
  • it is possible to connect the building to the public waste water drainage system if the spatial plan does not allow the connection to its own drainage system (for new construction), and
  • it is possible to connect the building to a low-voltage electrical network or, in the case of buildings in which the use of such a system is designed, the building has an autonomous electrical supply system (for new construction).

Amendments to the location permit
The executable or final and effective site permit may be amended, repealed and/or annulled at the request of the investor.

Validity of the site permit
The site permit will cease to be valid if within two years from the day that the site
permit became final and effective if:

  • the application for issuing a concession has not been submitted;
  • the application for adoption of the decision on expropriation has not been submitted;
  • the proposal for adopting the decision on servitudes or the right to construction on land owned by the Republic of Croatia has not been submitted;
  • the application for issuing a building permit has not been submitted, or
  • the implementation of the project for which the official act for construction is issued has not been started.

The validity of the site permit may be extended once at the request of the applicant or investor for two additional years, provided that the requirements that were determined to be in accordance with the provisions of this act and other requirements based upon which the site permit was issued have not changed.

Addresses of counties, cities and county seats which issue site permits, decisions on construction requirements, main design certificates and decisions on construction

Construction/reconstruction work may commence only on the basis of a building permit. An application for a building permit can be submitted by an investor to the competent office for construction and physical planning in the place where the construction or reconstruction work is planned. Beginning in April 2014, the request can be submitted in electronic form.An application for a building permit must include:

  • three copies of the main design;
  • the designer’s statement that the main design has been developed in accordance with the spatial plan and other relevant regulations;
  • a written report on the performed main design audit (if such an audit is required);
  • a certificate on main design validation (if the design has been developed according to foreign regulations);
  • certificates of public law bodies that the main design has been developed in accordance with special regulations or special requirements and/or evidence that an application has been submitted for the issuance of such certificates or determining such requirements, if they were not issued  in the period prescribed in this act;
  • certificates of a public law body that the main design has been developed in accordance with its decision on the environmental acceptability of the project, if the project is under special regulations subject to the procedure of environmental impact assessment and/or appropriate assessment of the impact of a project on the ecological network;
  • evidence of legal interest for the issuance of a building permit;
  • evidence that he may be the investor (concession, approval or other official act prescribed by a special regulation) in the case of a construction work for which a special act prescribes
  • who the investor may be, and
  • payment of an administrative fee in the amount of HRK 70

Since a building permit has no legal effect on the ownership and other real rights on the property for which it was issued and will not represent grounds for the possession of that property, evidence of legal interest will be sufficient for its issuance.

Requirements for issuing a building permit

During the procedure for issuing a building permit, it is established that:

  • all required documents have been submitted with the application and all required main design certificates have been issued;
  • in regard to site requirements, the main design has been developed according to the requirements for implementing the project prescribed by the spatial plan;
  • the main design has been developed by an authorized person;
  • the main design is properly marked;
  • the main design is developed in a way that prevents any modification of its contents or any replacement of its constituent parts;
  • the urban development plan has been adopted, provided that the permit is issued in an area where a special act prescribes its adoption, and
  • the parties were provided with the opportunity to access the file.

A building permit will be issued provided that all of the above requirements have been met and that it is possible to connect the building plot or the building to than existing street or road, or that a permit for the construction of a new street or road has been issued. Furthermore, it will be possible to connect the building to the public waste water drainage system if the spatial plan does not allow a connection to its own drainage system, and it will be possible to connect the building to a low-voltage electrical power supply network or, in the case of buildings in which the use of such a system is designed, the building has an autonomous electrical power supply system.

The organization that issues the building permit will deliver it (without the main design), for information purposes, to the administrative body of the local self-government unit responsible for determining utility charges with the data required for the calculation of those charges, and to the body responsible for determining water charges with the data required for the calculation of those charges.

The investor will pay utility and water charges once the decisions on utility and water charges go into effect.

A building permit will cease to be valid if the investor fails to start construction within three years from the date that the permit becomes final and effective. During this period, the investor is required to resolve the issue of the right to build and to start construction.

Addresses of counties, cities and county seats which issue site permits, decisions on construction requirements, main design certificates and decisions on construction

Law on Construction (OG 153/13, 20/17)

A completed or reconstructed construction work may be used, or put into operation, and a decision may be issued for conducting activities in that construction work pursuant to a special act, after a use permit has been issued for the construction work. The investor, or the construction work owner, must apply for a use permit to the body responsible for the administration of construction activities.

The application for the use permit must include:

  • a photocopy of the building permit, or a copy of the main design for the construction work that was to be built or for works that were to be carried out on the basis of the main design;
  • information about the parties involved in the building;
  • a written statement by the contractor on works completed and the requirements for the maintenance of the construction work;
  • a final report by the supervising engineer on the completion of the construction work,
  • a statement by the certified geodetic engineer that the construction work was built in accordance with the surveying design (if the construction work was required to have a surveying design);
  • the surveying study for entering the construction work in the cadastre or for change of information on buildings and other construction works (if the construction work is not subject to developing the surveying design, but it is to be entered in the cadastre);
  • a statement of the certified geodetic engineer that the construction work is located on the building plot in accordance with the setting-out study (if the construction work is not subject to developing the surveying design), and
  • the energy certificate of the building, if the application is being submitted for a building that must comply with energy performance requirements.

use permit for construction work or work executed on the basis of a building permit will be issued within eight days from the date of that the final inspection is completed, if it is established that:

  • all of the required documents have been submitted with the application;
  • the construction work was carried out in accordance with the building permit in regard to compliance with the essential requirements for the construction work, the location requirements and other requirements stipulated in the building permit;
  • the construction work is connected to roadways, other construction works, and to utility or other infrastructure facilities stipulated in the building permit; and
  • any temporary construction work carried out during the preparatory work, the site equipment, unused building and other materials, waste, etc. are removed and land around the site and in its access areas has been disposed.

A use permit for completed construction work or works executed on the basis of the main design, will be issued within eight days from the date that the final inspection is completed, if it is established that:

  • all of the required documents have been submitted with the application;
  • the construction work was carried out in accordance with the main design, and
  • the construction work, by its intended purpose, its location and the external dimensions of all its above and underground parts, is not contrary to the spatial plan at the time of development of the main design.

Addresses of counties, cities and county seats that issue site permits, decisions on construction requirements, main design certificates and decisions on construction
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