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Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 nm zone): from the baseline to 12 nautical miles
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: Croatia has not yet declared any EEZ

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Currently, there is no single MSP plan for the entire Croatian marine area, but the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia is covered by various spatial plans, which comprise both terrestrial and marine areas. Following the requirements of the Physical Planning Act, preparation of the State Plan for Spatial Development for the entire terrestrial and marine area (up to the external limit of territorial waters) of Republic of Croatia has been initiated. Two new maritime spatial plans on the state level will be developed:

  • Spatial Plan of the Ecological and Fishery Protection Zone
  • Spatial Plan of the Continental Shelf of the Republic of Croatia

Spatial plans for protected areas managed by national authorities, encompassing both terrestrial and marine areas, have also been developed.

Moreover, at the sub-national level, all coastal county plans include provisions for their marine areas (up to the external limit of the territorial sea) referring to different sea uses.

Legal framework

The backbone of the legislation on physical planning in Croatia is the Physical Planning Act. The amendment of this Act (Official Gazette 153/13, 65/17) came into force in July 2017, also providing the full transposition of the EU MSP Directive into the legislation of the Republic of Croatia.


Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning
Directorate for Physical Planning and Permits of State Significance

Ms. Gordana Kovačević, Head of the Sector for Physical Planning

Ms. Tina Filjak-Juračić, mag.Arch. Expert advisor

Republike Austrije 20
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia


Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning
Sector for Spatial Planning Documents of State Level

Ms. Vesna Marohnić-Kuzmanović, Head of Service for Strategy and other Spatial Planning Documents of State Level

Republike Austrije 20
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

Last updated: May 2021
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