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¿What is the Property Census?

Cadaster is an “inventory and census, fully updated and classified, of the goods and properties that belong to the state and to its citizens, with the purpose of achieving their correct physical, fiscal and economic recognition” (Resolution 070 of 2012 from IGAC). The Special Administrative Unit of the District’s Cadaster (UAECD) is the organism in charge of carrying out this census. Its mission is to maintain the Bogota’s Property Inventory updated, determining each property’s physical, legal and economic characteristics. Cadaster has make sure that this process is done upholding high quality standards that can fulfill public and private sector expectations. Since 2010, the Unit has updated the Property Census every year, by revising the physical, legal and economic elements of each property. 

Regarding physical elements, the census identifies property boarders, and existing buildings; legally, the census registers the relation between the property and its owner or person in possession; economically, the census makes an appraisal of the property through market analysis and investigation. This process is regulated by: Law 14 of 1983, Decree 3496 of 1983, Law 44 of 1990 and Resolution 2555 of 1988. In 2010 Cadaster updated 2.181.00 urban properties, information that was made public since the 1st of January of 2011. 

Its important to add that updating Cadaster Information implies several operations destined to renew data. It’s necessary to review physical and legal elements of each property and make sure to eliminate economic disparity caused by physical changes, new uses of the property, public constructions and local market conditions.

Permanent updating is possible through three stages:

Information in Cadaster’s databases is verified against the property’s physical reality.

Next step consists on Property Recognition: entering non-updated lots, measuring new constructions and demolitions. Land use is assign to each property, and the building’s characteristics qualified.

The last step consists on legal updating: the unit’s database information is crossed checked with information from the Registry Office of Public Instruments.

Other activities also pertain to the actualization of Cadaster: Quality Control (preliminary validation, field accompaniment, statistics and final validation); Analysis of secondary sources (EAAB, CODENSA, HABITAT, DANE, and curator offices).