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Cadastre

Cadastre and Land Register
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Boundary Cadastre-Property Tax Cadastre
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Cadastre and Land Register




Cadastre and land register together form the Austrian system of real estate protection. Both registers fall under the authority of the federal government and are accessible to the general public.

The cadastre is administered by Cadastral Offices and documents the current and objective situation of property as it relates to boundaries, location, size and use.

The land register is a public register of all real estate properties and is maintained by the district courts. The register records ownership as well as rights pertaining to, or charges upon real estate property.

Daily updating of cadastre and land register ensures that the data contained in the two registers correspond.

Cadastre and land register complement one another and are essential in maintaining Austria`s attractiveness as a location for business and investment.


Elements

The cadastre consists of technical documents, parcel register and address register.

Technical documents

  • Technical documents to identify the control points and the boundaries of a parcel
  • Technical documents that indicate the boundaries
  • Cadastral map
  • Business case register

Parcel register

  • Parcel identifier
  • Land cover an land use information
  • Total area of parcel and area of each section of land cover information
  • Other attributes of the property for ease of identification
  • Miscellaneous notes

Address register

The address register contains all geocoded (spatial) addresses assigned by the responsible local authority to parcels and buildings.


Development

The boundaries of all parcels were originally surveyed (1817-65) to determine the amount of tax due on land. This is the origin of the term 'Property Tax Cadastre' .

A century later the degree of precision attained by these surveys no longer met modern requirements for the exact definition of boundaries.

The 1968 Survey Act (Vermessungsgesetz) introduced the legal 'Boundary Cadastre' (Grenzkataster). For the first time it became possible to secure the boundaries of a parcel with legally binding effect, and thus exclude the possibility of usucaption of parts of a parcel.


Boundary Cadastre and Property Tax Cadastre

The boundaries of parcels of land registered in the 'Boundary Cadastre' have boundary points with a degree of accuracy to centimeter-range, and are indicated in the cadastre accordingly. In addition, the surfaces are derived from boundary point coordinates with a high degree of precision. In the parcel register these are indicated by the surface indicators "*" or "rechnerisch" ('mathematical'). The entire boundaries of such parcels were established with the agreement of the owners of all neighboring parcels and are legally binding. Should a boundary marker be lost, the boundary may be marked out at any time by a licensed surveyor. The usucaption of parts of parcels is impossible. When title to such a parcel is acquired, the protection of legitimate expectation is thus assured.

Parcels registered in the boundary cadastre are identified in the cadastral map by a broken line beneath the parcel identifier number; in the parcel register they are marked with "G".

Compared to surveyed boundaries, boundaries of parcels recorded in the Property Tax Cadastre are frequently represented in the cadastral map only with graphic accuracy. The degree of precision is in the range of decimeters or meters, and depends on the scale used in the 19th century cadastre.

The accuracy of boundaries of parcels established by surveying documents (subsequent surveys) is in the range of centimeters to decimeters. The values for area in the parcel register have a margin of error of 10% or more because they are in part determined graphically. The surface indicator is "graphisch" ( 'graphic' ).

In the case of parcels that were surveyed fully, the accuracy of the area indicated is significantly greater. The surface indicator in the Property Index is "*'" or "rechnerisch" ( 'mathematical' ).

The boundaries of parcels in the Property Tax Cadastre are not legally binding, and disputes may be brought to court.


Quality

The accuracy of the various types of cadastre definitions is summarized in the table below:

  Boundary points Area
Boundary Cadastre           
Property Tax Cadastre with subsequent survey (full)          
Property Tax Cadastre with subsequent survey (partial)          

Property Tax Cadastre without subsequent survey

         


The individual parcels are registered either in the Boundary Cadastre or the Property Tax Cadastre, which are represented together in the cadastral map although they may reflect differences of quality.



Grundstücksnummer
G
Fläche [m2] Flächenbestimmung
33/3
G
Gesamtfläche   607 rechnerisch
33/4    Gesamtfläche   500 grafisch


Products

Cadastral map

The cadastral map is the graphical data set contained in the cadastre in the coordinate system of the Austrian national topographic survey. The cadastral map is maintained by the responsible Cadastral Office. The map makes visible the location of parcels and includes:
  • Parcel boundaries
  • Parcel identifiers
  • Land cover information and symbols
  • Control points, boundary points and state boundaries points with their identifiers
  • Other attributes

Parcel register

The parcel register contains the cadastre`s factual data and is maintained for each cadastral unit. It includes the following information for every parcel:

  • Cadastral unit identifier
  • Parcel identifier
  • Type and sections of land cover information
  • Additional legal information (if available)
  • Area of each section of land cover information
  • Yield figure
  • Case identifier
  • Register unit identifier
  • Other information for ease of identification

Parcel register with owner

In addition to the parcel register described above, the parcel register with owner is provided. The register records the name, date of birth and address of the owners, as well as information concerning co-ownership shares for the relevant unit of the land register.

Parcel register by (land) register units

This parcel register includes, according to the defined area of interest, all parcels belonging to a specific (land) register unit. Correspondingly, the register with owner lists all data concerning owners.

Historical parcel register

This register reflects the cadastre status of a parcel as of a defined date.

Business case register

This register contains all cases related to a parcel. These are identified by case identifiers ('Geschäftsfallnummer ', GFN) and refer to files in the competent Cadastral Office, which resulted in changes being made to the cadastre. With its comprehensive listing of cases the business case register thus documents all changes affecting an individual parcel.

Boundary and state boundary points

This register includes all existing boundary and state boundary points of the defined area of interest.

Protocol of negotiations

This extract, which takes the form of a chronological listing of individual cadastre status, records all changes made to a parcel documented by a case identifier.

Preview layer

The preview layer provides a graphic representation of parcels based on a surveying document (plan) produced by a licensed surveyor, which are subject to possible future changes in the cadastre, prior to a ruling by the land registry and implementation in the cadastre.

Reference date data

At the beginning of every second and fourth calendar quarter current data from the parcel register, the cadastral map and ownership information are generated as key date data; this data is available for purchase three months thereafter. This graphic data (vector data) and attribute data (text) represent the legal status at the time they are generated. This data is adequate for a variety of uses, for example, overviews and large-scale planning. For uses pertaining to ownership, however, the latest data should be used.

Excerpt from the cadastral archives

Each change in the cadastre has been documented by means of a separate business case at the respective cadastral office since 1880. Basically the business case consists of a plan (public document) by a licensed surveyor. Before the plan (technical part) can be registered at the land register office and implemented in the cadastral map, it has to be certified by the respective cadastral office (exceptions for plans by the cadastral offices).

In the course of this registration process it is possible to add additional documents, which are not an integral part of the plan, to the business case. These than will be archived in the written part respectively in the papers about the boundary negotiation.

Until the 7th of May 2012 the business cases were stored in analog form at the archives of the cadastral offices as well as at the land register offices. Afterwards with the introduction of the Electronic Application the archives were digitized. All applications after this reference date can already be queried via the web. In 2013 we started to digitize, archive and provide in digital form all analogous documents of the cadastral offices. You find a status report on the homepage of the BEV under the top link "Digitalisierung Katasterarchive".

Historical cadastre – original map

The original map of the "Franziszeischer Kataster" (Urmappe 1817 - 1861) was the first area wide capture of all parcels of the monarchy as it was then. The original plane table sheets on handmade paper with the format 53 cm x 66 cm are hand colored and mostly in the scale 1:2 880. The coloring was based on a uniform legend that defined the different types of land use and the fonts for the map sheets. For each cadastral community (fiscal community) there was a separate numbering of the parcels with or without buildings. Additionally there are sketches of the separate overviews which state the province (crown land), regional and fiscal district as well as the name of the community, in most cases also the neighboring communities. The original map is considered cultural heritage as stated by the Hague Convention.

Administrative boundaries

Administrative boundaries contain the boundaries of Austria`s administrative units in vector form. The accuracy of administrative boundaries that are coterminous with parcel boundaries corresponds to that of cadastral unit boundaries in the cadastral map. Generalized administrative boundaries are also available in 1:50 000 and 1:250 000 scale.

Information about regional units

Regional information is provided in the form of attribute data and offers comprehensive information about any specific administrative unit as of the 31st of December of every year. It contains legally relevant data as well as technical and statistical information.


Register of cadastral municipalities

This register is a list of all cadastral communities of Austria with the respective allocation to other administrative units.

Documentation of the state boundary

The Austrian state boundary (without Lake Constance) is 2 706 km long and it is defined by about 27 000 boundary marks and about 40 000 unmarked break points. The course of the boundary was laid down in the respective state boundary treaties and partly runs straight from mark to mark and at other times along a broken line, defined by the above mentioned unmarked break points. Partly it also runs along natural (topographic) realities such as mountain ridges (watersheds) or along the middle of water bodies and there it mostly follows their natural changes and thus is flexible.

There are bilateral boundary treaties with all 8 neighboring states. These treaties comprise the course of the common boundary, its documentation and maintenance, as well as the tasks of the bilateral boundary commissions.

The boundary documentation consists of the following parts:

  • Boundary map
  • Boundary description
  • Coordinate register (in the respective coordinate system)
  • Other technical documents


Applications

The cadastre can be employed for a variety of purposes, for example:
  • Zoning and development plans (regional planning)
  • Municipal infrastructure projects (utility line cadastre)
  • Environmental protection initiatives (tree cadastre, cadastre of contaminated sites)
  • Objective area-based aid to agriculture (agricultural subsidies)
  • Taxation (valuation)
  • Public geographic and communal information systems of local authorities
  • Application for building permits
  • Boundary disputes
  • Legal transactions

The locally responsible Cadastral Office will be pleased to assist you with all legal issues related to parcel boundaries. At the Cadastral Offices you will find the complete range of records and documents concerning all changes related to parcels, as well as competent partners ready to assist with advice and our products.

There are a number of ways to obtain cadastral data: Making purchases at our web shop is quick and convenient with the data you need made available by a download link. Another way is through a direct interface that permits access to cadastral data through BEV's online product service.
Order forms are also available for all our products. Complete information about our customer service centers, products, and how to purchase can be found at our website www.bev.gv.at.


Standard Charges

Analogue cadastral data

Graphical data - standard and special edition

 
Price in € per sheet
Format A4 - PDF
2,50
Format A3 - PDF
3,75
Format A2 - PDF
5,00
Format A1 - PDF
10,00
Format A0 - PDF
15,00

With background for the whole section
50 % surcharge
With background for selected objects
25 % surcharge

Administrative data

 
Price in € per object
Parcel register format A4 - PDF
0,03
Parcel register with the list of owners/listed by
entries format A4 - PDF
0,06
Business case register Format A4 - PDF
0,03
Historical digital parcel register Format A4 - PDF
0,03
Protocol of negotiations (boundary protocol)
format A4 - PDF
0,03

The minimum invoice amount per order item for administrative data in PDF is 2,50 EUR and for printouts 5,00 EUR.

Printouts are subject to a 100% surcharge, to be added to the PDF standard price.

Digital cadastral data

Graphical data - raster

 
Price in € per km2
Cadastre - graphical data
10,00

Graphical data - vector

 
Price in € per object
Cadastre - graphical data (all layers)
0,100
Parcel boundaries + parcel numbers, boundary
points and boundary point numbers
0,065
Boundary of land cover + symbols of land cover,
other lines, other symbols, other labels
0,030
Control points
0,005

Administrative data

 
Price in € per object
Parcel register
0,020
Parcel register with the list of owners/listed by entries*
0,040
Business case register
0,020
Boundary points and state boundary points
0,015
INSPIRE CP - cadastre parcels
0,020

* The delivery of data (list of owners) is restricted by data protection conditions.

Digital cadastral data

Preview layer

 
Price in € per object
Graphical data - vector*
(all layers except control points) and open business cases
0,100

* For reasons of data protection, preview layer data are available for concerned property owners, authorized surveyors and authorities only for execution of legal duties.

Reference date data

Graphical data - vector

 
Price in € per object
Graphical data (all layers)
0,010

Administrative data

 
Price in € per object
Parcel register
0,002
Parcel register with the list of owners*
0,004

* The delivery of data (list of owners) is restricted by data protection conditions.

Excerpt from the cadastral archives

Business cases

 
Price in € per business case
Part A - technical part - archival surveying document - PDF
0,80
Part B - written part - PDF*
2,50
Part C - boundary negotiations protocol - PDF*
2,50
Part A - technical part - archival surveying document - print-out
5,00
Part B - cadastral document - print-out*
5,00
Part C - boundary negotiations protocol - print-out*
5,00

* For reasons of data protection, these data are available for persons with a legitimate interest only.

Historical cadastre – original map

Reproduction of the original map

 
Price in € per sheet
Original map with page margin layout,
map sheet division - PDF
10,00

Digital original map

 
Price in € per sheet
Original map with page margin layout, map sheet division
15,00

Administrative units

Administrative boundaries

 
Price in € per
administrative unit
Administrative boundaries
(accuracy based on parcel boundaries)
0,20

Administrative boundaries - reference date da

 
Price in €
Administrative boundaries (accuracy based on parcel boundaries)
Free of charge
Administrative boundaries 1:50 000
Free of charge
Administrative boundaries 1:250 00
Free of charge

Information about regional units

 
Price in €
Information about regional units
Free of charge

Register of cadastral municipalities

 
Price in €
Register of cadastral municipalities
Free of charge

Documentation of Austrian state boundaries

State boundary documentation

 
Price in € per sheet
Boundary description - PDF
0,10
Coordinate register - PDF
0,10
Map of state boundaries up to format A3 - PDF
3,75
Map of state boundaries larger than format A3 - PDF
5,00
Other technical documents up to format A3 - PDF
3,75
Other technical documents larger than format A3 - PDF
5,00

Printouts are subject to a 100% surcharge, to be added to the PDF standard price.

Multi-user fee

Number of authorised users

 
Multi-user fee factor
1 to 5
1,00
6 to 25
1,25
26 to 100
1,50
More than 100
2,00
Group licence
4,00

Minimum charge

For digital cadastral data, reference date data and the preview layer (graphical or administrative data) the minimum charge for each item ordered is 0,25 EUR.

Information as of February 2020
The standard charges are subject to change without prior notice.


Information

General Terms and Conditions

Terms of delivery and payment and copyright notice requirements are contained in the currently valid General Terms and Conditions of the BEV.

Standard Fees and Terms of Use

Prices and terms of use of BEV products are set forth in the currently valid "Standardentgelte und Nutzungsbedingungen des BEV" (BEV Standard Fees and Terms of Use). The latest version which is published in the Amtsblatt für Vermessungswesen (Official Gazette for Surveying) can be accessed at www.bev.gv.at under the menu item "Preisinformationen".


 

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