Factsheet: Agricultural Land Act

Agricultural Land Act

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Agricultural Land Act (OG 39/13, 48/15)
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Zakon o poljoprivrednom zemljištu (NN 39/13, 48/15)
Description: 
Defines agricultural land, regulates agricultural land management, protection and usage of such land, land conversions and related fees, management of state-owned agricultural land etc. Agricultural land in Croatia is arable land, gardens, meadows, patures, orchards, olive trees, vineyards, fish farms, reeds, wetlands and other land that, with acceptable economic cost, can be put to the purpose of agricultural production. Forest land not covered with forest or land covered with initial or degradation forest types (maquia, garigue etc.) and which are suitable for agricultural production are also considered as agricultural land. The changes of the Act concern the use of state-owned agricultural land. The most significant change regards the use of agricultural land for other economic activities, which is now allowed under exceptional circumstances. In the case of land-use category change, the developer pays a fee amounting 25-50% of the land market value. The other changes address leasing procedures and land management and maintenance obligations of the lessee.
Goal/Aim: 
regulate agricultural land management and protection

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of Agriculture

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2013
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2015