An overview about our history, work and policy
Collect and register administrative and spatial data on property and rights involved
The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency – in short Kadaster – collects and registers administrative and spatial data on property and the rights involved. This also goes for ships, aircraft and telecom networks. Doing so, Kadaster protects legal certainty. We are also responsible for national mapping and maintenance of the national reference coordinate system. Furthermore, we are an advisory body for land-use issues and national spatial data infrastructures.
Our information is available predominantly through online web services, including information on energy labels of houses and underground cables and pipelines. Our main customer groups are civil-law notaries, local authorities, businesses, financial institutions and private individuals. Kadaster maintains the Key Registers Cadastre and Topography.
Kadaster performs its public tasks in service of society. This is reflected in the way we are organised and the ways in which we publicly account for how we work.
Kadaster in 3 minutes
Kadaster: who we are, what we do and why we do it? The clip gives you an answer to these questions in 3 minutes.
What do we do?
It is Kadaster’s statutory task to maintain a number of registrations. Examples are the registration of real estate, topography, ships and aircraft.
Besides information from its own registrations, Kadaster also provides information from registrations of other parties. For them, we maintain so-called national facilities, by means of which we provide access to the data. Examples are the facilities for addresses and buildings, cables and pipelines, and energy labels.
Information provision is another key task of ours. The information products from the registrations and national facilities come in various shapes and forms, such as: data files, formal documents or maps. Clients are able to acquire them through personal contact, by phone or through the Internet. To business clients Kadaster offers its web portal My Kadaster, to private citizens it offers the Web Store.
Customised work and advice
We also provide customised work and advice, predominantly to authorities. This refers to data selections and aggregations. Authorities obtain customised information which helps them develop spatial planning policies.
Kadaster also carries out international activities. As an advisory body, it applies its knowledge of land registrations and geographic information in countries that have need for it. Kadaster collaborates with international universities and organisations to share knowledge. In addition, it is represented within international umbrella organisations.
More about our international activities at Kadaster.com.
Kadaster Purchasing Procedure
Kadaster registers who has which rights to all property (land and buildings) in the Netherlands. This concerns property and rights in rem such as rights of way or leasehold. All data that we register are available to everyone.
As soon as a sale has been concluded, it is recorded in a preliminary purchase contract. Registering a preliminary purchase contract with Kadaster is not mandatory, but it is recommended. It gives you a stronger position as a buyer, for example if a claim is made because the seller has debts. In such a case, you can prove that you have bought the house. Your civil-law notary can register the preliminary purchase contract for you.
By registering the final deed of sale with Kadaster, you become formally the owner of the property. Registration takes place through a civil-law notary. Read more about buying immovable property in the Netherlands at www.buyingmyhome.eu.
The legal meaning of terms surrounding property ownership differs from one Member State to another. Your civil-law notary can inform you about this.
Kadaster is a non-departmental public body, under the political responsibility of The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Its Executive Board is chaired by Mr Frank Tierolff.
The plans for reaching its goals Kadaster lays down in its Long-term Policy Plan. The plan is publicly available, it is updated every year. Also every year, Kadaster publicly accounts for the results it was able to reach in its Annual Report.
Do you have questions about our activities? Please feel free to contact us.