Extension of time for geo-referencing of rural areas of up to 500 hectares

  • 02 April, 2012 - News

Extension of time for geo-referencing of rural areas of up to 500 hectares

(Marcela Turani Palhares)

It has been published in the Official Gazette the extension of time to the compulsory geo-referencing of rural properties of up to 500 hectares.

The new Decree (Decree n° 7,620/11) sets forth four new deadlines to initiate the geo-referencing.

Therefore, for rural areas between 250 and 500 hectares, the new deadline is November 2013 (10 years), for rural areas between 100 and 250 hectares, the new deadline is November 2016 (13 years), between 25 hectares and 100 hectares, the deadline is November 2019 (16 years ) and areas of up to 25 hectares, the deadline is November 2023 (25 years).

According to the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform – INCRA, the geo-referencing aims at situating the rural property in the globe, and establishing an address to the area, defining its form, size, location, through methods of topographic analysis, describing limits, characteristics and confrontations. In fact, it is a mapping of the area.

The geo-referencing is regulated by Federal Law n°. 10,267/01, which determined the compulsory realization of rural properties’ mapping in order to be able to update the property situation before a public notary, such as dismemberment, installment, or other types of transfer.

The non-compliance with the geo-referencing obligation, at the expiry of the new deadlines mentioned above, implies on the impossibility to register any changes in the rural property matriculation, even for financing purposes, mortgage, public credits and, also, in the environmental regularization of the property.

The Corporate team of Chenut Oliveira Santiago – law firm is at your disposal to clarify any issues on this topic.