To support users of the Address-BDR-Online a manual is provided. This manual consists of three parts.
A technical manual, which contains a general description of the contents of the Address-BDR-Online and is intended for those who work directly with the application as well as for those who use a special software connected to the Address-BDR-Online via an interface.
The practical manual is a description of how to use the application. Cross-references to the first part of the manual are provided for all important points.
The appendix contains supplementary information.
In addition to the application operation documents, further information, documentation and work aids are provided.
At the suggestion of numerous municipalities Statistics Austria provides a data sheet to support the collection of the information for notifications of construction measures for new buildings that have to be recorded in ABDR II.
The data sheet can be used as support for the person in charge to ask the building owner or the developer for the information required for ABDR in the context of the building permit procedure or the notification of completion of construction. Except of Lower Austria and Burgenland there are actually no legal basis, which obliges the builder or plan drafter to fill out the data sheet. So the provision of data can only take place on a voluntary basis.
The data sheet can also be used by the persons responsible for data entry, as a preparation. They can summarize the information contained in the construction plans in the data sheet and then transfer it to Address-BDR-Online.
The data sheet is divided into a part to collect the information concerning the building and a part to collect the information on a usage unit. If a building contains more usage units, a separate data sheet (only information on the usage unit) has to be completed for each unit.
There is no legal basis for the way addresses are allocated. Based on a representative online survey among Austrian cities and municipalities in 2011, the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying prepared a guide as a non-binding guideline for the allocation of addresses at the building level.
The legal basis for the establishment of the Building and Dwelling Register (BDR) is the Building and Dwelling Register Act, while the establishment of the Address Register is regulated in an Amendment to the Surveying Act. The parliamentary adoption of these two legal bases took place on January 29, 2004 (Federal Law Gazette I No. 9/2004) together with the eGovernment Act, as the address register in particular is an essential prerequisite for eGovernment. Both legal provisions came into force on March 1, 2004 and provide for a reporting obligation for municipalities as of July 1, 2004.
The Address Register Regulation (AdrRegV) regulates the content and structure of the information contained in the address register. The new version of the Address Register Regulation came into force on February 20, 2016 - AdrRegV 2016 (BGBl. II Nr. 51/2016).
On January 1, 2010, the amendment to the BDR Act came into force (BGBl. I Nr. 125/2009).
In 2013 (Federal Law Gazette I No. 1/2013) and 2018 (Federal Law Gazette I No. 78/2018) amendments and existing access rights for some ministries were extended as well as new access rights were granted to further federal departments.
According to Section 23 (1) of the Federal Energy Efficiency Act, the federal government is entitled to use the Building and Dwelling Register established and maintained by the Federal Institute of Statistics Austria, including the Energy Performance Certificate Database, for the purposes of federal energy management and energy efficiency.