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Cadastre and Property Register Amendment Act – “State Gazette”, 49/13.06.2014

Improvement of legal framework, concerning the implementation of activities for creating, approving and maintaining the cadastral map and the cadastral registers, easier ways of servicing natural and legal persons with data from the cadastre, protection against bureaucratization of the process and application of corrupt practices. These are the three main objectives of the published in the latest issue of “State Gazette” amendments to the Cadastre and Property Register Act (CPRA).
In pursuance of the provisions of Directive 2006/123/EC, concerning the provision of services in the internal market, the discriminatory practice for providers of services related to land registers – to service only Bulgarian natural and legal persons, shall be terminated. These services will also be available for persons from a country – member of the European Union, from another country – party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation. In case where a qualified person is a natural person, it will not be required to register as a merchant.
Specialized maps will be developed together with the cadastral map, which will result in significant financial savings. Relieved is the order of creation and completion of the cadastral map and cadastral registers as to shorten deadlines and avoid permissible errors. There are certain cases in which the amendments will be carried out without issuing an order. An order will be needed only in case of omission or error and as to speed up the procedure in these cases the issuance of a sole act for errors or omissions is not required.
The Agency of Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre (AGCC) has provided an opportunity for free receiving of data through its information system – such as the data for points of the geodetic basis of the cadastral map and cadastral registers. Regulated are principles in the area of digitalization of existing Detailed Site Development Plans in conjunction with the Territory Planning Act and also in the area of assessing the accuracy by tracing elements from these plans, which should significantly limit the conduct of litigation in court.
Cadastre objects will also be the facilities of the technical infrastructure, in which there is a separate object and also the separate objects in them. The cadastre will contain information on areas of restrictions on land, which emanate from servitude or restriction, arising out of regulatory or administrative acts. Cadastral data for the real estate will be supplemented by data for servitudes, rights of way, security zones and other restrictions on real estate.
An opportunity to serve citizens and legal persons in other places than those so far – the headquarters of district courts, has been created in order to improve administrative services performed by the AGCC. Official documents can be requested and received from citizens in every part of the country, regardless of the location of the property. Cadastre services can be requested and received electronically, providing the opportunity for free viewing and searching for cadastral objects via the Internet. Notaries are granted remote access to the cadastral information system, with the result that they can not only consult but also receive official documents.
To ensure prevention and safety in compliance with the legal requirements by the natural persons and officials, the amount of fines in administrative penal provisions has been increased. Relevant amendments to the Geodesy and Cartography Act, the Protection of Classified Information Act, the Water Act, the Cultural Heritage Act and the Ownership and Use of Agricultural Lands have been made in order to synchronize the bill with other acts.