Use permit

A completed or reconstructed construction work may be used only after the use permit has been issued for that construction work

The application is submitted in electronic form via the e-Permite-Permit system or to the competent administrative body for construction and physical planning. You can find a list of competent bodies on the website of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets
 
List of competent bodies.

Together with your application, you must enclose the following:
  • photocopy of the building permit or a copy of the main design for the construction work that may be built or works that may be carried out on the basis of the main design
  • information regarding the parties involved in construction
  • written statement of the contractor on works completed and the requirements for maintenance of the construction work
  • final report of the supervising engineer on the completion of the construction work
  • statement of the certified geodetic engineer that the construction work was built in accordance with the surveying design (if the construction work is subject to developing the surveying design)
  • geodetic survey for registering the construction work in the cadastre or for changing information on buildings or other construction works, that is, a geodetic survey of lines (infrastructure) certified by the body competent for state surveying and real estate cadastre, i.e. geodetic activities in the local self-government unit, if the construction work is not subject to developing the surveying design, but it is to be entered in the cadastre or the cadastre of lines (of infrastructure)
  • statement of the certified geodetic engineer that the construction work is located on the building plot in accordance with the setting-out study (if the construction work is not subject to developing the surveying design)
  • energy certificate of the building, if the application is submitted for a building that must comply with the energy performance requirements.

Final inspection

The final inspection shall be carried out for the purpose of establishing that the construction work is built in accordance with the building permit or the main design. The investor or the owner shall allow the carrying out of the final inspection and make available for inspection the following documents:
  • for the contractor, the decision on the registration in the court register, or an operating licence and approval for performing construction activities pursuant to a special regulation
  • building contract concluded between the investor and the contractor
  • document on the appointment of the principal site engineer, site engineer and performance manager
  • contract on building surveillance concluded between the investor and the supervising engineer
  • building permit with the main design, that is, the main design
  • construction log
  • evidence on the characteristics of incorporated construction products in relation to their essential characteristics, evidence of compliance of the incorporated equipment and/or facilities under a special act, documents on the compliance of specific parts of the construction work with the essential requirements for the construction work, and quality-related evidence (results of test procedures, records of the quality control procedures carried out, etc.), the obtaining of which is mandatory during the carrying out of construction and other works for all completed parts of the construction work
  • and, when required, other prescribed documents.

Issuing of a use permit

A use permit for the construction work built or the works carried out on the basis of the building permit shall be issued within eight days from the date of carrying out the final inspection, if it is established that:
  • all prescribed documents have been submitted along with the application for its issuing
  • the construction work was built in accordance with the building permit – it complies with the essential requirements for the construction work, location requirements and other requirements stipulated in the building permit
  • the construction work is connected to traffic areas, other construction works as well as to utility or other infrastructure facilities stipulated in the building permit
  • any temporary construction works built in the course of preparatory work, the site equipment, unused building and other material, waste and the like, are removed and land in the area of the site and in the access area to the site has been put into an orderly condition.
A use permit for the construction work built or the works carried out on the basis of the main design shall be issued within eight days from the date of carrying out the final inspection, if it is established that:
  • all prescribed documents have been submitted along with the application for its issuing
  • the construction work was built in accordance with the main design, and the construction work, by its intended purpose, location and external dimensions of all its above- and underground parts, is not contrary to the spatial plan at the time of development of the detailed design
  • the construction work, by its intended purpose, location and external dimensions of all its above- and underground parts, is not contrary to the spatial plan (this does not apply to the issuing of a use permit for works on the completion of the building or a part thereof for which the decision on the as-built state was issued for an uncompleted building).

Use permit for construction works built on the basis of an official act for construction issued before 1 October 2007

For construction works built on the basis of an official act for construction issued before 1 October 2007, the building control authority may, subject to the application of the party, instead of a use permit, issue a use permit for the construction work built on the basis of an official act for construction issued before 1 October 2007.

Along with your application for issuing a use permit, you are required to enclose the building permit or other appropriate official act. The permit shall be issued if the construction work was built in conformity with the building permit or other appropriate official act.

Use permit for construction works built before 15 February 1968

Construction works built before 15 February 1968 are considered as built on the basis of a final and effective building permit and the time of construction of such a construction work is established by a use permit for the construction work built before 15 February 1968 which is, subject to the application of the party, issued by the building control authority.
 
Together with your application for issuing a use permit, you must enclose the following:
  • copy of the cadastral plan for the cadastral plot on which the construction work was built
  • any available evidence that the construction work was built before 15 February 1968. 

Use permit for construction works built, reconstructed, renewed or restored as part of implementing regulations on reconstruction or regulations on areas of special state concern

A construction work built, reconstructed, renewed or restored as part of implementing regulations on reconstruction or regulations on areas of special state concern is considered as built or reconstructed on the basis of a final and effective building permit, if the building control authority for that construction work issues a use permit for the construction work built, reconstructed, renewed or restored as part of implementing regulations on reconstruction or regulations on areas of special state concern.
 
Together with your application for issuing a permit, you must enclose the following:
  • copy of the cadastral plan for the cadastral plot on which the construction work was built
  • evidence that the construction work was built, reconstructed, renewed or restored within the implementation of regulations on reconstruction or regulations on areas of special state concern (loan agreement, renewal agreement, official act of a state administration body, minutes on the taking over of the construction work or other). 

A use permit for such a construction work shall be issued after an on-site inspection, provided that all prescribed documents were submitted with the application.

Use permit for construction works acquired by the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of providing housing

A construction work acquired by the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of providing housing shall be considered built on the basis of a final and effective building permit, if the building control authority for that construction work issues a use permit for the construction work acquired for the purpose of providing housing.
 
Together with your application for issuing a permit, you must enclose the following:
  • copy of the cadastral plan for the cadastral plot on which the construction work was built
  • certificate of the Agency for Transactions and Mediation in Immovable Properties that the construction work was acquired for the purpose of providing housing. 

A use permit for such a construction work shall be issued after an on-site inspection, provided that all prescribed documents were submitted with the application.

Use permit for construction works for which an official construction act has been destroyed or is unavailable

A construction work for which the building permit or other appropriate official act has been destroyed due to natural disaster, war or other destruction, actions or events, shall be deemed to have been built on the basis of a final and effective building permit if the building control authority for that construction work issues a use permit for the construction work whose official construction act has been destroyed.
 
Together with your application for issuing a use permit, you must enclose the following:
  • copy of the cadastral plan for the cadastral plot on which the construction work was built
  • any available evidence that the building permit or other appropriate official act has been destroyed or is unavailable. 
A use permit for such a construction work shall be issued within eight days after an on-site inspection if it is established that:
  • the official construction act has been destroyed and that the archive of the building control authority has been destroyed due to natural disaster, war or other destruction, actions or events
  • the official construction act has not been found in other competent archives
  • the official construction act has been issued
  • the prescribed documents have been submitted along with the application. 
An on-site inspection shall be carried out before the issuing of a use permit.