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Architecture and Civil Engineering

Architecture and Civil Engineering activities are carried out by certified architects and certified engineers as economic operators, and sole proprietors and other self-employed natural persons entered in the Business Register of Slovenia.

The economic operator must be duly registered, have liability insurance for damages, may not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings and must provide a certified engineer or certified architect. 

In performing architectural and engineering activities, economic operators must comply with good business practices as defined in the Code of Good Business Practices adopted by the Chamber.

Economic operators entitled to use the legal denomination of:

  • architecture bureau,
  • architecture and landscape architecture bureau,
  • engineering bureau,
  • survey bureau,

may only perform professional tasks of certified architects and engineers.

Sole proprietors and self-employed persons who are certified architects or certified engineers may also use legal denominations.

Applies for SKD:

  • Architectural planning M71.111
  • Landscape architecture, urban and other planning M71.112
  • Geo-engineering and related activities M71.121
  • Other engineering activities and related techical consultancy M71.129

Conditions

  • An economic operator is a company, a sole proprietor or any other legal or natural person entered in the Business Register of Slovenia that carries out a gainful activity.

    The economic operator must have its activity dully registered, that is, it has entered in the Slovenian Business Register at least one of the activities that are defined as architectural and technical design engineering, technical testing and analysis by regulations governing the standard classification of activities.

    The following sub-classes apply:

    • 71.111 Architectural planning
    • 71.112 Landscape architecture, urban and other planning
    • 71.121 Geo-engineering and related activities
    • 71.129 Other engineering activities and related technical consultancy

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  • The economic operator shall provide professional staff as follows:

    • they must conclude a full-time employment contract or a part-time employment contract in special cases in accordance with the act governing employment relationships with at least one certified engineer.
    • or the shareholders holding at least half of the shares in the company must be certified architects or engineers, or
    • one of the certified architects or engineers is at the same time the management body of the economic operator that meets the requirements for the pursuit of architectural and engineering activities 
    • or a natural person who independently carries out architectural or engineering activities on a full-time or part-time basis in special cases in accordance with the act governing employment relationships is itself a certified architect or a certified engineer.

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  • Insurance against liability for damages that might be incurred by an investor or a third party in connection with the pursuit of architectural and engineering activities may be concluded as:

    • a comprehensive guarantee, which shall be renewed annually; or
    • as collateral for a particular transaction falling within the scope of the economic operator’s activity.

    The insurance shall cover the liability for negligence resulting in damage or material defect and including among direct material damage (damage and destruction) also the costs directly required for the elimination or prevention of damage without the occurrence of any actual damage.

    The damage that must be covered by insurance also includes:

    • damage in the form of a reduction in the value of the business transaction or construction, and
    • other damage resulting from a claim made by an investor or a third party.

    The liability insurance must cover the damage for actions taken during the period of insurance or for actions for which a loss event notice has been filed during the period of the insurance.

    The insurance amount for all insurance cases in a given year or for an individual transaction, if the insurance is taken out for a particular business operation, shall not be less than EUR 50,000.

    The insurance policy must contain the following:

    • the names of the certified architects and engineers covered by the insurance, or
    • the general clause that the liability insurance covers all certified architects and engineers in the economic operator.

    Insurance may also take the form of collective insurance through the Chamber.

    Evidence

    Proof of liability insurance shall be a document showing that liability insurance was established in the Republic of Slovenia or in a state party, under the condition that such insurance covers any damage caused in the Republic of Slovenia.

    The competent authority shall accept as sufficient evidence a certificate to that effect issued by a bank or insurance undertaking of the Contracting State of origin. Where the competent authority has reasonable doubt as to the validity of older evidence, it may request that evidence not be older than three months.

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  • Only persons entered in the register of certified architects at the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS) may use the professional title of a certified architect in any form of official communication.

    Professional tasks of a certified architect are:

    • architectural design of buildings, in particular buildings and open space,
    • managing the elaboration of municipal detailed spatial plans,
    • participation in the elaboration of other spatial planning documents in the part relating to urban planning and the professional field of architecture.

    The professional tasks of a certified architect include:

    • project management,
    • supervision of construction,
    • elaboration of expert opinions, documents and studies in the professional field for which they are certified,
    • consulting services to the contracting authority and the representation of the contracting authority,
    • investment management.

    A certified spatial planner is a person who fulfils the prescribed requirements and is entered in the register of certified architects of the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS). By entering the register, they become a member of the professional chamber.

    In providing services, a certified project designer is identified by a standard stamp bearing an identification number and an indication of the type of services for which they are certified.

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  • Only persons entered in the register of certified architects at the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS) may use the professional title of certified landscape architect in any form of official communication.

    Professional tasks of a certified landscape architect include:

    • landscape architectural design of buildings, landscapes and open spaces,
    • participation in the drafting of spatial planning documents in the part relating to the professional field of landscape architecture.

    The professional tasks of a certified architect, a certified engineer and a certified landscape architect also include:

    • project management,
    • supervision of construction,
    • elaboration of expert opinions, documents and studies in the professional field for which they are certified,
    • consulting services to the contracting authority and the representation of the contracting authority,
    • management of the investment.

    Certified spatial planners are persons who meet the prescribed requirements and are entered in the register of certified architects at the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS). By entering the register, they become members of the professional chamber.

    In providing services, certified landscape architects are identified by a uniform stamp bearing an identification number and an indication of the type of services they are certified.

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  • Only persons entered in the register of certified architects at the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS) may use the professional title of certified spatial planner in any form of official communication.

    Professional tasks of a certified spatial planner include:

    • managing the elaboration of spatial planning documents

    A certified spatial planner is a person who fulfils the prescribed requirements and is entered in the register of certified architects at the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS). By entry in the register, they become a member of the professional chamber.

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  • Only a person entered in the register of certified engineers at the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS) may use the professional title of certified engineer in any form of official communication.

    Professional tasks of a certified engineer include:

    • construction and technical design of structures,
    • participation in the elaboration  of spatial planning documents in so far as they relate to their professional field, and
    • carrying out construction, crafts and installation works, whereby:
      • the professional tasks of a certified engineer in construction refer to:
        • the professional field of construction, in particular
        • elaboration of plans for building, geotechnical, transport and similar structures of buildings and other construction works and for other spatial planning operations, and their execution,
        • the elaboration  of construction plans for civil engineering works,
        • the elaboration of static and seismic analyses, seismic hazard studies and geological geomechanical analyses of the underlying soil, and the testing of building materials;
      • Professional tasks of a certified engineer in electrical engineering refer to:
        • the professional field of electrical engineering, in particular to 
        • to systems, plants, equipment, machines and installations of production, transmission, distribution, transformation and accumulation of electricity, the use of electricity, protection against lightning and other overvoltage, protection against the negative effects of electricity, lighting, management, regulation, automation, measurement, control, signalling and supervision, protection against explosion and fire, technical security, media technologies, telecommunications and information technologies;
      • professional tasks of a certified engineer in mechanical engineering refer to:
        • the professional field of mechanical engineering, in particular to energy sector and installations in buildings and civil engineering works, technological equipment and plants, hydro-, thermo- and nuclear-energy plants, and transmission and distribution pipelines;
      • professional tasks of a certified engineer in the field of technology refer to:
        • the professional field of technology, in particular to chemistry and chemical technology, food, pharmaceutical, wood and textile technologies, metallurgy, sanitary engineering, zootechnics, biotechnology, technical product technology, and to forestry, and safety and health at work;
      • professional tasks of a certified fire engineer refer to:
        • the planning of fire safety measures
      • professional tasks of a certified engineer in geotechnology and mining refer to:
        • the professional field of geotechnology and mining, in particular to geotechnical structures, geotechnology, excavations and substructures for underground installations.

    Professional tasks of a certified land surveying engineer refer to the carrying out of land surveying activities, which include:

    • carrying out land surveying tasks in accordance with the regulations governing the recording of real estate, land surveying measurements and the tasks in accordance with the regulations on the national land surveying reference system,
    • land surveying measurements related to designing, construction and use of structures,
    • stakeout of structures,
    • the elaboration of land surveying plans, control observations and elaboration of deformation analyses,
    • data transformation between different national coordinate systems, and
    • mapping, processing, analysis and interpretation of spatial data.

    Professional tasks of a certified engineer in transport engineering refer to transport, in particular to:

    • sizing horizontal elements of traffic areas,
    • designing and elaboration of technology plans in transport,
    • producing traffic studies and traffic models and mobility plans,
    • planning of traffic signalling, transport networks based on traffic models and forecasts, roadblocks, public passenger transport networks and conceptual designs of transfer points (stops), and the designing of pedestrian areas and quiet traffic,
    • planning and implementing measures to increase traffic safety,
    • planning transport infrastructure,
    • planning, development and implementation of transport technologies and intelligent transportation systems.

    Professional tasks of a certified engineer also include:

    • managing projects,
    • supervising the construction of all types of structures,
    • works management,
    • elaboration of expert opinions, documents and studies in the professional field for which they are certified,
    • consulting services to the contracting authority and the representation of the contracting authority,
    • investment management.

    Certified engineers are persons who meet the prescribed requirements and are entered in the register of certified engineers at the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS) and undergoes continuing vocational training. By entering the register, they become members of the professional chamber.

    In providing services, the certified engineer is identified by a standard stamp bearing an identification number.

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  • The legal denomination architecture bureau may be used by an economic operator that meets the following requirements:

    • the shareholders holding at least half of the shares in the company are certified architects or engineers, or
    • at least one shareholder that meets the requirements referred to in the preceding point must have a full-time employment contract or a part-time employment contract with the bureau in accordance with the act governing employment relationships,
    • is not an associated company, and
    • is an independent company.

    Associated companies shall be legally independent companies that are in a mutual relationship in which:

    • one company has a majority share in the other company (a majority-owned company and a company with a majority share);
    • one company is dependent on the other (the controlled and the controlling company);
    • they are members of a group;
    • the two companies have mutual equity participation; or
    • the companies are associated by contract.

    Companies are independent if:

    • the company is not the investor,
    • the company carries out works exclusively for the investor, and is not linked to suppliers in terms of capital or interest (material, equipment or technology) or to contractors that participate in any investment project.

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  • The legal denomination survey bureau may be used by an economic operator that meets the following requirements:

    • the shareholders holding at least half of the shares in the company are certified surveyors, 
    • at least one shareholder that is a certified surveyor must have a full-time employment contract or, in particular cases, a part-time employment contract with the bureau in accordance with the act governing employment relationships,
    • is not an associated company, and
    • is an independent company.

    Associated companies shall be legally independent companies that are in a mutual relationship in which:

    • one company has a majority share in the other company (a majority-owned company and a company with a majority share);
    • one company is dependent on the other (the controlled and the controlling company);
    • they are members of a group;
    • the two companies have mutual equity participation; or
    • the companies are associated by contract.

    Companies are independent if:

    • the company is not the investor,
    • the company carries out works exclusively for the investor, and is not linked to suppliers in terms of capital or interest (material, equipment or technology) or to contractors that participate in any investment project.

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  • The legal denomination engineering bureau may be used by an economic operator that meets the following requirements:

    • the shareholders holding at least half of the shares in the company are certified engineers,
    • at least one shareholder that is a certified engineer must have a full-time employment contract or, in particular cases, a part-time employment contract with the bureau in accordance with the act governing employment relationships,
    • is not an associated company, and
    • is an independent company.

    Associated companies shall be legally independent companies that are in a mutual relationship in which:

    • one company has a majority share in the other company (a majority-owned company and a company with a majority share);
    • one company is dependent on the other (the controlled and the controlling company);
    • they are members of a group;
    • the two companies have mutual equity participation; or
    • the companies are associated by contract.

    Companies are independent if:

    • the company is not the investor,
    • the company carries out works exclusively for the investor, and is not linked to suppliers in terms of capital or interest (material, equipment or technology) or to contractors that participate in any investment project.

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  • The legal denomination landscape architecture bureau may be used by an economic operator that meets the following requirements:

    • the shareholders holding at least half of the shares in the company are certified landscape architects,
    • at least one shareholder that is a certified landscape engineer must have a full-time employment contract or, in particular cases, a part-time employment contract with the bureau in accordance with the act governing employment relationships,
    • is not an associated company, and
    • is an independent company.

    Associated companies shall be legally independent companies that are in a mutual relationship in which:

    • one company has a majority share in the other company (a majority-owned company and a company with a majority share);
    • one company is dependent on the other (the controlled and the controlling company);
    • they are members of a group;
    • the two companies have mutual equity participation; or
    • the companies are associated by contract.

    Companies are independent if:

    • the company is not the investor,
    • the company carries out works exclusively for the investor, and is not linked to suppliers in terms of capital or interest (material, equipment or technology) or to contractors that participate in any investment project.

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Cross-border/temporary provisions of activity

A provider established in a Contracting State who qualifies for the lawful carrying out of activities in a Member State may carry out the activities falling within the description of the professional tasks of certified spatial planners, provided that:

Last modified:
19. 5. 2022