The costs of the civil law notary in Belgium

Taxes will comprise the main payment a client has to make to the notarial office. The notary receives the amounts due and makes sure they are transferred to the competent authorities in name of the client. They include registration fees, mortgage fees, the duty on written documents, VAT, etc.

Furthermore, the client pays certain other administrative costs, depending on the type of act and the searches performed by the notary. These are also due to authorities such as local administrations. These differ from municipality to municipality. The notary advances these costs for the buyer in order to execute the act.

In addition, the client pays a statutory fee. This fee is the remuneration that is due to the notary; it is determined by law. The notary fee includes the remuneration for all intellectual transactions necessary before and after signing of the authentic act, including: meetings with the parties, advice, drafting the act, communication with the parties and third parties, registration of the act and keeping the minutes. The employees of the notarial office involved in these tasks are also remunerated with this fee.