How to optimize cadastral data consultation

Cadastre data is a valuable source of information frequently used by individuals, Administrations and companies. Its users greatly appreciate being provided with a way to obtain this data. Throughout this article, we bring you solutions to optimize cadastral data consultation. We also describe the main characteristics of the cadastre and why it is so useful in many environments.

What is the cadastre and what is it for?

The cadastre is a registry of the existing properties in the territory. It’s elaborated and updated by public entities. This registry contains a wide variety of relevant data on these properties. The registration of a property in the cadastre is compulsory and free.

We must also clarify the differences between the cadastre and the property registry, the latter is the one used to verify ownership of the property. The cadastre has a series of applications that make it a very useful tool.

Thanks to the cadastre, a property can be identified and located with precision. This is very important when completing a sale or purchase transaction or for an inheritance, donation, etc. With this, a security plus is provided to those involved in these transactions, which tend to be very sensitive.

In addition, the geographic information in the cadastre is used by the tax administrations to set taxes. On the other hand, local entities use cadastre data to define different urban and spatial planning.

What information appears in the cadastre?

Once we access the cadastre, we will find a set of data that describes the property. Among this information, there is:

  • Type of property, and if it is urban or rustic.
  • Intended use.
  • Reference number or cadastral reference.
  • Cadastral value.
  • Land ownership.
  • The surface that it occupies.
  • Related cartography.

Thanks to the cartography, georeferencing of real estate is achieved. 

How to make a cadastral data consultation

There are several options to access the cadastre information. The most common ones are:

  • Make an online consultation on the websites of Public Administrations. To access the cadastral information a form with the details of the plot to consult is required (province, town, detailed address, etc.).
  • If you have a digital certificate or an electronic ID, you will be able to access more detailed information, perform procedures or download maps, among other options.
  • By phone.
  • In person, by going to the cadastre offices.
  • Going to municipal offices or those belonging to provincial councils that have an agreement with those responsible for the cadastre.

In Spain, there are 5 public entities responsible for the management of cadastral information. These are:

  1. Araba, in its Provincial Council.
  2. The Provincial Council of Bizkaia.
  3. The Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa
  4. The Territorial Wealth and Patrimonial Tax Service of Navarra (SRT).
  5. The General Directorate of Cadastre (DGC), for the rest of the Spanish territory.

This variety of ways to access cadastral information can be a problem for users, so having a single access point provides great value. 

We made this a reality in Geograma. Specifically, with our GeoCAT product, which unifies the cadastral information of the entire national territory. A unified dataset that many users can benefit from, including:

  • Banks.
  • Real Estate companies.
  • Appraisal companies.
  • Insurance companies.
  • Logistics and transport companies.
  • Supply companies, such as electricity, gas, water, internet, phone companies, etc.

If your business or entity belongs to one of these sectors or if you need the cadastre data to deploy its full potential, you can get more information about our GeoCAT product. Contact us and tell us about your project!