Friday, September 30, 2011

How to search in Czech cadastral register

Czech cadastral register (register of houses and plots) is available online. It's very useful when you want to find out who's owning the house today, what's the plot number of the plot where the house is standing and so on. Unfortunately the website is available only in Czech, so I've decided to prepare a short guide to it.

The cadastral register can be found on address There are five types of search included on the welcome screen and you are going to need the one named Vyhledat stavbu (search for the building). I have used our own house as an example to show you how the cadastral register works. 

When you choose the search for the building you get to next stcreen where you can search for the village or town of your choice. You have to know the current name of the village, not the old name. When you start to type the name of the village a scroll down menu with possible choices appears as can be seen below.

 The choices also include district where the village belongs, our Olešná belongs to Havlíčkův Brod district therefor I've chosen this village. After you choose the village it becomes possible to write into the "Číslo stavby" (number of the building) field. 

You type in the number of house you want and press enter (or Vyhledat button which means search). The next screen gives you information about the building you were searching for: 

Here is the translation of all the terms used in the detailed view of the building: 
stavba - building
č.p. - house number (abbreviation of číslo popisné)
číslo LV - number of the ownership certificate
typ stavby - type of building (see below)
způsob využití - type of usage (see below)
katastrální území - cadastral area
na parcele - on plot number
zobrazení v mapě - see on the map
vlastníci - owners
jméno/název - name
adresa - address

The most important parts are the plot number and the name and address of the owner. Sometimes the house is still owned by the same family and you can contact them thanks to name and address. Plot number is important for search in the Imperial Imprints of the Stabile Cadaster (see Maps post). 

It's also possible that the house number doesn't exist anymore. In that case you'll get following screen which means the building was not found: 

If you want to use cadastral map it's better to use it in comination with normal map because the cadastral one is really detailed and can be really confusing.


  1. This was really interesting! I found an old record of someone in my family having a grunt? (he was a gruntnovik), and it gave the house number, and I was able to find it on this map. Very cool.

    Speaking of maps, are there any maps or listings of the villages and/or parishes that were included within a specific estate? I found some seigniorial records for Lnare at the Trebon archive, but I feel like I don't have a good grip on how the estate system worked, what would occasion people (serfs) moving from one to another, or within the same estate.

  2. Thank you very much! What do the numbers on the map mean? I was looking at an old (1848?) map of the same area on Do you know if there a way to save (preferred) of buy a copy of the whole map?

  3. The link doesn't work. :(

  4. Try this link, Annie. This is where I had success with cadastral maps.,MCR500_op,P_COCM_u&me=-958775.556739,-1282635.97206,-400169.80851,-872110.327503&language=cz&config=cio&resetsession=ALL

  5. Hi. I am having so much trouble accessing this. The link says access denied. Can you help? Has it changed since this post? Thanks!