How to convert agricultural land into construction land?

How to convert agricultural land into construction land?

Are you the owner of agricultural land in Croatia and you are considering converting it into construction land? In order to achieve the desired plan, you will need to meet eye to eye with some of the conditions. 

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Possibility of conversion of agricultural into construction land


In order to convert your agricultural land into the desired construction land, the documents must be in accordance with the law of the Republic of Croatia and the spatial planning plan implemented by the municipality of the city where your chosen location is located. Your conversion will be possible if certain legal conditions are met and your conversion is proven to be beneficial to the community to the least possible damage to the environment.

Based on the final decision of the Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with the municipality or county where the land is located, your plan will be implemented or rejected.


Conditions for land conversion



There are several conditions that must be met in order to obtain a conversion permit. It is necessary to comply with certain legal regulations passed by the law of the Republic of Croatia, which is responsible for the management, protection, and management of the territory of the Republic of Croatia, as a particularly valuable and limited national good.

Furthermore, based on that, the implementation of spatial planning measures and the preparation and implementation of spatial planning documents can take effect.

It is important to know that if the location is not located in the immediate vicinity of the zone of construction land, your plan to implement your idea will not be possible, but if it is the opposite scenario and your location is located near the zone of construction land, you will be able to repurpose your land and continue on with your plan.

It will be necessary to prove a certain interest in the conversion and contact the Ministry of Agriculture, which will, with further analysis and consultation with the county administration responsible for processing the conversion, make a decision that will be forwarded to the municipality or city.

All additional special cultivation, for example for land already outside the border or land zone, will be dealt with explicitly by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Suppose everything is in accordance with the provisions of the law, based on the majority benefit and minimal damage to the environment during the procedure and after based on the environmental analysis conducted by the competent previously mentioned meritorious institution. In that case, you will receive a location permit, and your preliminary project on conversion will become a reality!


The amount of compensation for land conversion



According to the Law of the Republic of Croatia, a one-time fee for the conversion of agricultural land into construction land, and its amount depends on the type of land plot on which the construction is carried out. Due to the reduction of the value of the land asset and the conversion of its usability by the state, the fee is paid by the investor and the holder of the request for conversion.

Depending on the area of ​​the building plot and the moment of receipt of the main project, the fee and payment are determined. The amount of land conversion fee is made based on several factors.

 Depending on whether the mentioned agricultural land is located within the boundaries of the construction zone, outside it, and other possible derivatives of the same condition, a provision of a minimum of 50% and a maximum of 70% is issued.

For all land plots that are within the scope of the land zone, 50% of the fee is taken, and if it is outside the coverage area, then the fee is 7% of the average value of the land. In the case of land whose border status has changed after obtaining a building permit, the fees range from 2.5% to 50% depending on the specific situation, write the official website of the City of Zagreb. 


Income from land conversion


Revenue from the subsequent value of 70% of the state is used to finance the costs of consolidation of agricultural land, through the Agricultural Land Agency (infertile land, landscaping measures, and increase production). Fee income is 30%. In case of non-payment within the deadline, the state charges default interest.

It is important to note that according to the law, for illegally constructed buildings on the meadow after January 1, 1985, a fee is also paid.