It is still strongly recommended that any potential purchaser ascertains that a building has all required permits.
Simplify real estate transfer
Complications with the registration and transfer of real estate in Croatia were impeding further investments.
During 2011, amendments to the Spatial Planning and Construction Act prescribed the obligation to register a use permit in the land registry when registering a new building. Any building without such land registry entry had been considered to have been built without building permit and hence illegally, whereas illegally built constructions cannot be registered with the land registry.
A number of land registry departments misunderstood these provisions and started to ask for registration of use permits to register the purchase of any building, not just newly constructed buildings, as had been the law’s intention.
In an effort to solve the problem, the Croatian Parliament recently adopted an amendment: The presumption that a building without a registered use permit is illegal has been eliminated. Accordingly, the unconditional ban on the transfer of buildings lacking registration of a use permit in the land registry has been lifted.