Physical planning

First option: FREEDOM TO PROVIDE CROSS-BORDER SERVICES

If you are already established in another EU/EEA state, as a natural and legal person you have the freedom to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis, without the obligation of establishment in Croatia and without a prior check.

The legal entity that carries out the activity of physical planning shall submit the statemen form to the Point of Single Contact or to prostorno.uredjenje.suglasnosti@mpgi.hr with a copy and translation of the following documents:

  • evidence/an attestation of the right to pursue the activities in the state of establishment or a valid licence/document regulating this right to pursue the activities in another EU / EEA state
  • data on liability insurance valid in the territory of the Republic of Croatia or the EU

To perform the tasks of spatial planning a natural person of the architectural profession established in another EU/EEA state shall submit a statement directly to clanstvo@arhitekti-hka.hr or via the e-Citizens system

The statement shall be accompanied by a copy and translation of the following documents:

  • copy of the identity card
  • evidence of establishment in another EU/EEA state (employer’s statement)
  • attestation that the right to pursue professional activities has not been revoked (certificate of the competent body of the state of establishment)
  • evidence of formal qualifications/professional qualification

or

evidence that the candidate has pursued the profession for at least one year during the previous ten-year period, where the profession in the state of establishment is carried out without a specific authorisation or where the education and professional training leading to that profession is not regulated

  • data on professional liability insurance valid in the territory of the Republic of Croatia/EU
  • proof of paid fee

If an EU certificate is submitted, the following shall not be submitted:

  • evidence of establishment in another EU/EEA state (if applicable)
  • attestation that the right to pursue professional activities has not been revoked (if applicable)
  • evidence of formal qualifications/professional qualifications

Second option: FREEDOM OF ESTABLISHMENT

If you are established in another EU/EEA state, as a natural or legal person you have the freedom to provide services on a permanent basis in the Republic of Croatia, with the registration of establishment

Activities of physical planning can be performed by a certified architect-urban planner in:

  • a sole-practice office
  • a joint-practice office
  • a legal person

The request for the establishment of a sole-practice office or for the establishment of a joint-practice office shall be submitted directly to clanstvo@arhitekti-hka.hr or via the e-Citizens system.

The request for the establishment of sole-practice office shall be accompanied by a photograph or scan of:

  • copy of identity card
  • proof of paid fee

The request for the establishment of a joint practice office shall be accompanied by a photograph or scan of:

  • copy of identity card
  • agreement on the establishment of a joint practice office
  • proof of paid fee

In a joint-practice office a certified architect –urban planner may perform all professional physical planning tasks.

In a sole-practice office a certified architect –urban planner may as sole practitioner perform:

  • tasks related to the preparation of urban development plans

or

  • perform all professional physical planning tasks if he/she submits a request directly to uredjenje.suglasnosti@mpgi.hr and evidence that he/she can ensure the participation of one further certified architect –urban planner or evidence that he/she can ensure the participation of at least three experts from different professions

A legal person registered for performing professional physical planning tasks may start performing tasks of physical planning if it:

  • submits a request for authorisation to perform drafting of urban development plans directly to uredjenje.suglasnosti@mpgi.hr and evidence that in performing these tasks it can ensure the participation of a certified architect– urban planner

or

  • submits a request for authorisation to perform all professional physical planning tasks directly to uredjenje.suglasnosti@mpgi.hr and evidence that in performing the tasks it can ensure the participation of one further certified architect – urban planner, or evidence that in performing these tasks, in addition to the certified architect-urban planner, it can ensure the participation of at least three experts from different professions

For entry in the directory of certified architects–urban planners, persons of the architectural profession shall submit a request to clanstvo@arhitekti-hka.hr or via the e-Citizens system, with the following documentation:

  • decision on recognition of professional qualifications
  • proof of paid chamber registration fee

If a person has acquired a professional qualification in the Republic of Croatia, instead of the decision on the recognition of a professional qualification, he/she shall submit:

  • evidence of completed graduate university or professional study of architecture with acquired at least 300 ECTS credits
  • certificate of passed professional exam
  • evidence of professional work experience of at least two years

Recognition of qualification for performing tasks of physical planning

The request for recognition of a foreign professional qualification for performing tasks of physical planning shall be submitted by persons of the architectural profession directly to clanstvo@arhitekti-hka.hr or via the e-Citizens system.

The request shall be accompanied by the following documentation, in copy and translated, according to the general system:

  • copy of identity card
  • diploma/certificate and diploma supplement/certificate supplement
  • evidence of authorization to practice the regulated profession in the country of origin

or

certificate from the employer that the candidate has pursued the profession in the state of establishment for at least one year during the last ten-year period that preceded the provision of services, in case that this profession is not regulated in the state of establishment of the foreign authorized person

  • proof of paid fee

Fees

CROATIAN CHAMBER OF ARCHITECTS

HRK 1,500 for the first notice of occasional and temporary provision of services

HRK 1,500 for annual renewal of the notice of occasional/temporary provision of services

HRK 3,000 for the recognition of a qualification under the general system

HRK 250 for entry in the Register of sole-practice offices

HRK 500 for entry in the Register of joint-practice offices

HRK 1,000 for establishment – registration fee

HRK 1,800 for establishment – annual membership fee

Payee: Croatian Chamber of Architects, Zagreb, Ulica grada Vukovara 271

Account number: IBAN HR462360000 1500184955

For payments from abroad: SWIFT: ZABAHR2X

The purpose of the payment: surname, name (applicant) – fee occasionally/temporarily – first performance or renewal or recognition of qualifications or fee for entry in the Register or registration fee in the Directory or annual membership fee


Application

First option: e-service available to EU/EEA citizens:

Second option: to send photographed or scanned documentation; with signature and without seal

clanstvo@arhitekti-hka.hr for the architectural profession

prostorno.uredjenje.suglasnosti@mpgi.hr for the activity of physical planning

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Competent authority and regulations

Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets

Ulica Republike Austrije 20, Zagreb

+385 1 3782 404

prostorno.uredjenje.suglasnosti@mpgi.hr

Croatian Chamber of Architects

Ulica grada Vukovara 271, Zagreb

+385 1 5508 411

clanstvo@arhitekti-hka.hr

Physical Planning Act (OG 153/13, 65/17, 114/18, 39/19, 98/19)

Act on Physical Planning and Building Tasks and Activities (OG 78/15, 118/18 i 110/19)

Act on the Chamber of Architects and Chamber of Engineers in Construction and Physical Planning (OG 78/15, 114/18 i 110/19)

Ordinance on professional examination of persons performing construction and physical planning tasks (OG 129/15)

Ordinance on granting approval for the performance of professional physical planning tasks (OG 136/15)

Articles of Association of the Croatian Chamber of Architects (OG 15/21)

Ordinance on the conditions for temporary or occasional provision of services and recognition of foreign professional qualifications

Ordinance on entries in directories, registers and records of the Croatian Chamber of Architects

Ordinance on remuneration for work in the bodies of the Croatian Chamber of Architects

List of all forms of the Croatian Chamber of Architects


Authorization

Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets

Certificate for temporary or occasional provision of services

Authorisation to perform professional physical planning tasks of drafting urban development plans

Authorisation to perform all professional physical planning tasks

Deadline: 30 days

 

Croatian Chamber of Architects

Certificate for temporary or occasional performance of activities

Decision on recognition of foreign qualifications

Decision on the registration in the Directory of the Chamber (for establishment)

Decision on entry in the Register of Sole-Practice Offices

Decision on entry in the Register of Joint-Practice Offices

Deadline: 8 days


Legal remedies

You may submit a complaint within 15 days from the date of delivery of the decision.

The complaint shall be submitted to Croatian Chamber of Architects, Ulica grada Vukovara 271, 10000 Zagreb or at clanstvo@arhitekti-hka.hr for the architectural profession

The Croatian Chamber of Architects will reject the complaint (if it is untimely), will replace the contested decision with a new one (if the complaint is partially or fully founded) or will submit the complaint to the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets.

The Ministry may reject the complaint, annul the decision in part or in full, or amend it.

The decision of the Ministry shall be delivered to the party through the Chamber no later than 60 days from the submission of a proper complaint.

No appeal may be lodged against the decision of the Ministry, but an administrative dispute may be initiated with the competent Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia within 30 days of receipt of the decision.


Last updated on 22 November 2021

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