Czech Republic


Contact person for provided information:

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Libor Tomandl

Cadastral Branch Office Karlovy Vary, Head

Sokolovska 167/875, 360 05 Karlovy Vary, CZECH REPUBLIC

e-mail: libor.tomandl(at)

Part 1: Country Report

A. Country Context

A.1 Geographical Context

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The Czech Republic is a small landlocked country, lying in the central part of Europe. The area is 78,866 square kilometres, population is 10,521 646 (31.12.2013)  people, and population density of 133 inhabitants per square kilometre. The country's borders make up neighbourhood with Poland (762 km), Germany (810 km), Austria (466 km) and Slovakia (252 km). 67% of the country's whole territory can be found at an altitude of up to 500m, 32% between 500 and 1,000m, and only 1% above 1,000m. The average altitude of the Czech Republic is 430m. The land fund according to land use is distributed as follows: 54% of total area is an agriculture land (arable land 39%, gardens 2%, meadows and pastures 13%), 46% of total area is non-agriculture land (forests 33%, waters 2%, buildings and yards 2%, other land 9%).

A.2 Historical Context

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The former kingdom of Bohemia (Golden Age under Charles IV of Luxembourg - the king of Bohemia and the Emperor of Rome and Germany) lost his independence after the battle of the White Mountain in 1620 and began for next 300 years a mere province of Habsburg monarchy, later the most industrial part of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. After the Word War I. in 1918 former Czechoslovakia as an independent and democratic state (republic) of Czechs and Slovaks was formed. During Word War II. Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany. After the war Czechoslovakia continued in its economic and democratic development till the communist coup in1948, which stopped democratic development for next forty years. After so called "Velvet Revolution" in 1989 the process of liberation and economic restoration begun. In 1993 former Czechoslovakia was democratically divided into two independent states: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2004 the Czech Republic joined the European Union.

A.3 Current Political and Administrative Structures

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Political system in the Czech Republic is a parliamentary democracy based on a free competition of political parties. According to the Constitution legislative power, executive power and justice are separated. The legislative power is carried out by elected Parliament (two chambers). The central government consists of several ministries and other central administration bodies with competencies and responsibilities defined by law. On lower levels of administration there are regional and municipal self-governments. The justice consists of a system of independent courts. The Czech Republic is administratively divided into 14 regions, each region is consisting of several districts.

A.4 Historical Outline of Cadastral System

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Czech cadastre has its roots in former Austrian cadastre and Land registry ("Grundbuch"). Modern era of cadastre and Land registration is based on the Cadastral law from 1819, Civil Code from 1811 and the Land registration Act from 1871. This cadastre based on a new mapping was designed solely for fiscal purposes of the state, but since 1871 (new Land registration Act) the description and presentation parcels in the cadastre was compulsory used in land registration, later a copy of cadastral map was a part of Land Registry. The Cadastre was administered and maintained by Ministry of finance, Land Registry by Courts. Next cadastral development was heavily influenced by political events in last century:

  • 1914 -1918 W.W.I. - Czechoslovakia formed in 1918
  • 1919 - first land reform (confiscation and redistribution of all landed property greater than 250 hectares)
  • 1927 - new cadastral law (new modern mapping started)
  • 1939 - 1945 W.W.II.
  • 1945 - second land reform (confiscation and redistribution landed property of enemies, traitors and collaborators)
  • 1948 - communist coup (nationalization and collectivization process started)
  • 1951 - new Civil Code (compulsory land registration was abolished)
  • 1964 - new Civil Code, new simplified cadastre (registration of deeds within the new cadastre)
  • 1989 - "velvet revolution" (fall of communist regime)
  • 1991 - third land reform (mass process of restitution and privatization)
  • 1993 - Czech Republic formed, new cadastral legislation, cadastral reform started
  • 2014 - new Civil Code, new Cadastre Act

    Cadastre of 1993 (registration of titles) unified former Land Cadastre and Land Registry into one technically - legal tool administered solely by survey authorities ("legal cadastre" kept and maintained prevailingly by computer-based means).

B. Institutional Framework

B.1 Government Organizations

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The supreme administrative body is the Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre (COSMC), which is a central governmental body with a president (not a minister) in its head. COSMC is submitted directly to the government. There are 7 Survey and Cadastral Inspectorates in regions, 14 Cadastral Offices in regions, which are subordinated directly to COSMC, and 97 Cadastral Workplaces in districts, which are subordinated to Cadastral Offices.

Beside that there are two special institutions - the Land Survey Office (geodetic control, state map series) and the Research Institute of Geodesy, Topography and Cartography, both subordinated to COSMC.

B.2 Private Sector Involvement

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The private sector is involved in maintaining the cadastre. Solely private surveyors prepare all subdivision plans for the cadastre and do all setting out boundaries (more than 100 thousand cases per year).

B.3 Professional Organization or Association

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  • Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers
  • Chamber of Surveyors and Cartographers

B.4 Licensing

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According to the Survey Act private surveyors are entitled to carry out survey activities on certain conditions. Enterprising in this field are bound on trade license according to the Trade Law. Education in surveying and praxis (5 years or 3 years in case of graduated surveyors) are basic conditions for giving this license.

Beside that all results of survey activities used for the cadastre and for the state map series must be verified by a person with the official authorization. The Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre can give this authorization to a person fulfilling the following conditions: university degree in surveying in master’s study programme, five years of praxis, passing a special examination.

B.5 Education

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There are 5 technical universities offering degrees in surveying. There are three degrees of study programme - bachelor (6 terms), master (4 terms) and doctoral (6 terms) in two modes of study - full-time and combined. Average annual number of graduating students is about 150.

C. Cadastral System

C.1 Purpose of Cadastral System

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The Cadastre of Real Estates of the Czech Republic is a multipurpose tool for legal and fiscal purposes. It is an information resource that is used for:

  • property rights protection
  • tax and fee purposes
  • environmental protection
  • agricultural and forest land protection
  • mineral resources protection
  • state monumental care protection
  • territorial development
  • property valuation
  • scientific, economic and statistical purposes
  • creation of other information systems used for above mentioned purposes

C.2 Types of Cadastral System

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The Cadastre of Real Estates of the Czech Republic covers all the territory of the state. There are no other cadastres or land registers dealing with real estates. The Czech cadastral system is based on the compulsory title registration. No problems concerning informal or illegal settlements are known.

C.3 Cadastral Concept

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Czech Cadastre jointly registers technical and legal interests of owners and other legally recognised subjects concerning real estate. Its main attribute is the compulsory title registration based on the adjudication process. The main concept of the system is the recording of the relationship between subjects and real estate objects (parcels, buildings, flats, right of building etc.) through formal rights. The basic unit in the cadastral system is a parcel. A parcel is a piece of land with its geometric specification and position. A parcel is represented in a cadastral map by its boundaries and its parcel number which is unique within cadastral administrative unit. Since the object of registration is a parcel, not a property as a whole, the property is registered as a set of individual parcels.

C.4 Content of Cadastral System

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The present cadastre covers in one complex tool land cadastre (parcels with detailed information about types and areas of plots, building numbers, land use, tax information, selected information about preservation, etc.) and land registry (with detailed records of property and other material rights, owners and their identifiers and addresses). The cadastre consists of descriptive information file, geodetic information files (cadastral maps and their digital data), survey documentation, collection of deeds, and summary surveys of the land fund. The descriptive information file is fully computerized (100%), the geodetic information file (cadastral maps) is under digitization (about 90% completed). The cadastre is linked up with the Register of Territorial Identification, Addresses and Real Estates, the Register of Persons (ID numbers and addresses of legal persons) and the Register of Inhabitants (ID numbers and addresses of natural persons).

D. Cadastral Mapping

D.1 Cadastral Map

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Currently, there are two kinds of cadastral maps in use: a) old maps on plastic foils at historical scale 1: 2880 (covering about 70% of land) and b) newer cadastral maps at scale 1:1000 or 1:2000 (30%). Both types of maps are being digitized (about 90% completed). Old graphical cadastral maps 1:2880 in old geographic system (origin from 1835-1855) have been re-drawn on plastic foils. Newer cadastral maps 1:1000 or 1:2000 in present national system (after 1927) have been practically digitized and are kept and maintained by computer-based means. Contents of cadastral map: geodetic control, boundaries (administrative boundaries, boundaries of cadastral units, boundaries of ownership, land use and preservation areas, perimeters of buildings), parcel numbers, land use symbols, numbers of geodetic control, cartographic symbols, place and local names.

D.2 Example of a Cadastral Map

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D.3 Role of Cadastral Layer in SDI

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Cadastral data including cadastral maps are widely used in national, municipal, local and specialized information systems. Cadastral layer is a part of nearly all land oriented information systems. In some cases (when digital cadastral maps are not available) a simple digitization for the purpose of the IS has been carried out.

E. Reform Issues

E.1 Cadastral Issues

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The main problem of the cadastre - digitization of old graphical maps - still remains. The graphical maps represent more than 60% of cadastral maps. Technology of their overworking enabling further maintaining as a digital cadastral map has been developed and tested, but final decision has not been made. Missing digitization of those maps lowers the level of remote access to the cadastre in a significant way. On the other hand, the result of overworking should enable easy and reliable surveying work in the national coordinate system. Never ending story is, of course, a financing the cadastre. Present state is sufficient and enables further indispensable development, but problems are in planned income. Income of the cadastre is an income of state budget. Remote access via Internet has been paid even by public sphere. The Ministry of Informatics asks for remote access to cadastral data free of charge for everybody. It is impossible without a certain investment into technology and a rEducation of planned income.

E.2 Current Initiatives

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Reorganization of organizational structure of the COSMC is being prepared. Instead of present 77 Cadastral Offices only 14 Cadastral Offices (with many working places in districts) will be arranged. The reorganization comprises also a mild rEducation of employees and a rigorous separation of cadastral and surveying activities. As a result of legislation activities there are a new Regulation on providing cadastral data (modified condition of remote access to cadastral data, access to data via every standard Post Office), some amendments to the Survey and Cadastral Administration Act (reorganization), and amendments to the Survey Act. A quite new complex Cadastral Law was submitted to the government (in connection with a newly prepared Civil Code). Wider use of free of charge remote access to cadastral data via Internet is under discussion with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Informatics.

F. References

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Pesl, I., 2000. Five years of Cadastral Reform in the Czech Republic. Survey Revue, 35(276): 398 - 411. Pesl, I., Slaboch, V., 2002. Ten years of Cadastral Reform in the Czech Republic: From defective cadastre to Internet access to reliable cadastral and land registry data. Proceedings of the XXII FIG International Congress, April 19-26, 2002, Washington D.C., USA

Part 2: Cadastral Principles and Statistics

1. Cadastral Principles

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1.1 Type of registration system

title registration
deeds registration

1.2 Legal requirement for registration of land ownership


1.4 Approach for establishment of cadastral records

both, systematic and sporadic
all properties already registered

2. Cadastral Statistics

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2.1 Population


2.2a Population distribution: percentage of population living in urban areas


2.2b Population distribution: percentage of population living in rural areas


2.3 Number of land parcels

--- Number of land parcels per 1 million population

2.4 Number of registered strata titles/condominium units

--- Number of strata titles/condominium units per 1 million population

2.5 Legal status of land parcels in URBAN areas:

percentage of parcels that are properly registered and surveyed
percentage of parcels that are legally occupied, but not registered or surveyed
percentage of parcels that are informally occupied without legal title

2.6 Legal status of land parcels in RURAL areas:

percentage of parcels that are properly registered and surveyed
percentage of parcels that are legally occupied, but not registered or surveyed
percentage of parcels that are informally occupied without legal title

2.7 Number of active professional land surveyors


2.8 Proportion of time that active professional land surveyors commit for cadastral matters (%)

--- Approx. full-time equivalent of land surveyors committed to cadastral matters

2.9 Number of active lawyers/solicitors


2.10 Proportion of time that active lawyers/solicitors commit for cadastral matters (%)

--- Approx. full-time equivalent of active lawyers/solicitors committed to cadastral matters