Organisation of the Swiss cadastral system

The federal government is the supervisory authority for the Swiss cadastral system, while the cantons are responsible for its operational management.

The management of the Swiss cadastral system – the three pillars of which are the cadastral surveying, the Cadastre of Public-law Restrictions on landownership (PLR-cadastre) and the land register – is divided between the federal government and the cantons.

Cadastral surveying

Diagram depicting the cooperation between the public administration and the private sector
Cooperation between federal government, cantons & the private sector

Cadastral surveying is both a shared duty between the federal government and the cantons, and a good example of a public/private partnership, namely the smoothly functioning cooperation between the Federal Directorate of Cadastral Surveying, the cantonal surveying authorities, municipal surveying offices and private sector surveying bureaux. The federal government is responsible for the strategic management and supervision of the system, while the cantons take care of its operational management. Further information

Cadastre of Public-law Restrictions on landownership (PLR-cadastre)

Organisation of the PLR-cadastre
Tasks shared between the federal government and the cantons

The federal government, represented by the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) is the supervisory authority for the PLR-cadastre, while the cantonal PLR-cadastre authorities are responsible for its operational management. Further informations

Land register

The federal government is the supervisory authority for the land registry system, while the cantons are responsible for establishing the land register offices, defining the respective districts and regulating supervision at the cantonal level. Further information

 

Contact

Geodesy and Federal Directorate of Cadastral Surveying
Cadastral surveying and PLR-cadastre

Telephone +41 58 464 73 03
E-Mail

Publications

Publications

Glossary

Terms and abbreviations used in the Swiss cadastral surveying system

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z