Changes were made to the Ordinance № RD-02-20-5 of 2016 on the content, creation and maintenance of the cadastral map and cadastral registers (“the Ordinance”).

The “Ordinance” provides for a legal definition and examples of “force majeure” for the very first time in Bulgarian legislation, in details.

The force majeure in accordance with the Ordinance are divided into three major groups:

  1. Natural disasters :
  •  Wind with a higher speed;
  • Rain, hail and snowfall;
  • Glaciations and snow cover;
  • Cold spells with average air temperature below +10 ° C
  • Reduced visibility due to fog, rainfall, dustiness, dimness, obstructing direct visibility up to 300 m;
  • Earthquakes and landslides;
  • Others.
  1. Other natural disasters:
  • Fires
  • Industrial accidents
  1. Circumstances, related to human behaviour:
  • Military actions;
  • Strikes;
  • Rebellions;
  • Commotions.

Another changes to the Ordinance are:

  • Definition of the first overground floor – this one, whose ceiling is located more than 1.5 m above the elevation of the middle level of the adjacent terrain;
  • In case of force majeure the persons who are carrying out geodesic activities under the Ordinance are shall not be liable under the rules thereto;
  • There is no requirement for harmonization of Detailed Development Plans with the Office for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre up until the creation of specialized maps under the Cadastre and Land Registry Act for the following:
  • Plans supported by the municipal administration;
  • Plans of the underground pipelines and facilities.


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