So Long, Paperwork! Digital Croatian Building Permits on Horizon!

Lauren Simmonds

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As Suzana Varosanec/Poslovni Dnevnik writes, digital Croatian building permits once seemed like a dream, but all such permits will soon all be issued and stored in a digital form, thanks to a project by the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Property (MPUGDI), their close cooperation with numerous public authorities and of course – some European Uniion money.

The eArchive project “Digitisation of existing construction acts throughout Croatia” in the amount of more than 23.8 million kuna is being financed from the European Regional Development Fund and implemented through the “Spatial Planning Information System (ISPU) and its modules” project, which has a total value of 131 million kuna, of which 85 percent is being insured from the EU. As such, the period of issuing paper building permits is now being sent where it belongs – into the history books.

Millions of documents

Currently, these permits are stored in various archives, and in many cases the process of finding them, whether for regular people or investors, isn’t easy, but the complete digital transformation of building permits is a turning point. Danijel Mestric, the Director of the Directorate for Supervision, Complaints, Information System Development and Digitisation at MPUGDA, noted that all location, construction and use permits issued since the establishment of the ePermit module back in 2015 have been stored in digital form. These number more than 3.2 million eDocuments dating from 1968 all the way up to 2015.

The move to create digital Croatian building permits means that the availability of this data to all people will be provided on the GEO portal of ISPU, where the data will be visible at the exact location of the building for which a permit was issued. Digitisation will also simplify the procedures for the reconstruction of buildings, as designers and clerks will be able to quickly access all of the necessary information and permits through the e-Permit system and other ISPU modules. Those who will readily benefit from the eArchive module are practically everyone in the country – the professional and scientific community, which means designers and speakers in municipalities and cities, as well as all investors and residents.

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