Tariff and fee
With the exception of the involvement as counsel not contributing to the receipt of an authentic certificate and the receipt of certain deeds known as «the free sector», the activities of the notary are mainly subject to a single tariff fixed by decree. The price of the notary's services is therefore the same regardless of the client or the geographical area. The tariff is either fixed or proportional to the tangible capital of the transaction.
Law n ° 2015-990 of August 6, 2015, decrees n ° 2016-230 of February 26, 2016 and n ° 2016-1369 of October 12, 2016 and the orders of February 26, 2016, October 17, 2016 and October 28, 2016 set the regulated tariffs for notaries, which are included in the French Commercial Code.
Since the decree of February 26, 2016, a notary can practice a maximum discount capped at 10% on the amount of his emoluments, beyond a certain base bracket. This discount can go up to 40% for certain limited acts, and relating to goods or rights of a value exceeding € 10,000,000.
The notary is a legal officer with a mission of public authority
ho prepares contracts in their authentic form
on behalf of its clients. It exercises functions within a
The notary, a public officer
The notary is a public officer, involved in all areas of law: family, property, heritage,
businesses, rural, local communities ... Acting on behalf of the state, appointed by the Minister of Justice, they confer the
acts they draft a guarantee of reliability and authenticity. This means that a notary has real prerogatives of public
authority, which it receives from the state. According to the terms of article 1 of the ordinance of November 2, 1945 on the status of
notaries: "Notaries are public officers, established to receive all acts and contracts to which the parties must
or wish to make these authentic, attached to the acts of public authority.”
The notary, a professional in document authentication
It has the power to authenticate acts by affixing its seal and signature. It thus officially notes the will
expressed by the persons signing them and personally commits to the content and date of the act. This act
is then imposed with the same force as a definitive judgment. In this capacity, the notary is an amicable magistrate, actor of
an amicable justice.
The notary, a liberal professional
Although vested with public authority, the notary exercises his functions in a liberal context, therefore it is a modern form
of public service which doesn’t cost the state, since it assumes the economic liability of its examination. It is a liberal professional,
paid by its clients (and not by taxpayers) at a rate which is set by the state for the services it
it provides. Read the page on the notary's tariff.
The notary, a professional present throughout the territory
Their location is subject to permanent adaptation under the control of the Ministry of Justice, in order to ensure proper coverage of the
territory, it provides a local legal public service. In fact, notarial offices are not subject to a
particular “numerus clausus” (which would amount to a limitation on the number of notaries) but are subject to a
supervised establishment of offices throughout the territory to meet the needs of the population.
The establishment of offices in the territory is subject to permanent adaptation under the control of the Chancellery.
It complies with three principles:
- To maintain a local legal public service,
- Take into account geographic and demographic developments,
- Ensure the economic conditions to exercise the profession in order to ensure a quality service.