Change in use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes – procedures, aspects, problems

  1. Velkovski


Department of Agricultural Economics, Economic Academy “Dimitar A. Tsenov”, 5250 Svishtov, Bulgaria


(Manuscript received 3 June 2019; accepted for publication 15 July 2019)


Abstract. The change of the designation of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes is related to investment intentions for realization of developmental events on the agricultural territories, which are mainly of a constructional nature. In a legal and technological aspect, this process is regulated in Chapter Five of the Agricultural Land Conservation Act (1996) and Chapter Five of the Rules for Implementation of Agricultural Land Conservation Act (1996). Other specific legal details in this respect are subject to regulation in a number of other legal acts: Spatial Development Act (2001), Black Sea Coast Spatial Development Act (2008), Cadastre and Land Register Act (2000), Ordinance No. 7/22.12.2003 on rules and norms for the construction of the different types of territories and development zones, Ordinance No. 8/14.06.2001 on the volume and content of development plans, Ordinance No. 4/21.05.2001 on the scope and content of investment projects, etc. The aim of the study is to justify the necessity to change land use on a reasonable scale as a necessary instrument in the agricultural sector, by monitoring and analyzing the current legal framework and some literary sources. In this connection, the methodology of the legal analysis and the methodology of the SWOT analysis are used. The expected results are oriented towards the formulation of some proposals concerning the improvement of the mechanisms for the change of the purpose of the agricultural land.