Land register - inspection of the land files Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

A certain group of persons (owners, persons entitled in rem, creditors or their authorized representatives) may apply for inspection of land files at the competent local court (land registry) in person or by submitting a written application (not by telephone or e-mail). The land registry examines the legitimate interest and, if the prerequisites are met, makes the files available for inspection on the day after next for a period of one week.

  • Identity card of the applicant, if applicable, power of attorney of the represented person
  • Land register designation,

    Complete land register designation (e.g. Vorstadt L 43 sheet 1234)

  • Proof of legitimate interest ,

    e.g. power of attorney of the owner, draft sales contract or enforcement order


A legitimate interest is deemed to exist if factual reasons for the desired inspection can be presented which make the pursuit of unauthorized purposes or mere curiosity appear impossible.

Therefore, for example, creditors of the property owner who intend to foreclose on the property or prospective purchasers with whom the property owner is already in negotiations may inspect the land file.

The justified interest must be proven by appropriate documents (power of attorney of the owner, draft of the purchase contract, execution title).

Each inspection shall be documented (Section 12 (4) of the Land Register Code).


It helps to speed up the procedure if the complete property designation (e.g. VL 43 sheet 1234) is given. This can be found, for example, in your purchase and financing agreements.

The respective beneficiaries may be represented by a proxy. The power of attorney must be submitted in writing.

Information on the 2022 Real Estate Tax Reform

The land registry will only send owners an extract from the land register, as this contains all the information that the land registry can provide in this regard. For further questions on the subject, please refer to the homepage of the Senator of Finance. Detailed information is provided there.

Important: The living space calculation is not carried out by the land registry, since this information does not result from the land register!

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The application is made

  • in person at the Legal Application Office of the Land Registry (opening hours from 09:00 to 12:30). The Land Registry will check the legitimate interest and, if the conditions are met, will make the files available for inspection on the day after next for a period of one week.
  • in writing by mail or e-mail (please scan or photograph the application beforehand) - the file will be made available for inspection two days later. There will be no separate information about this after receipt of the request.

  • It is not possible to make a request by telephone.

The application for inspection of the basic files is examined by the clerk of the court and then a decision is made.

The person inspecting the file can make copies of the file himself/herself on the coin-operated copier available (see fees).

Photographing the relevant pages from the files is also permissible.

Alternatively, a request may be made for copies to be made from the land file by the Land Registry office (see Fees).

Oversized division plans cannot be copied from here. For this purpose, please contact the building office, which keeps all plans relating to the certificates of seclusion.

It is not possible to take documents from the land file for independent copying.

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