Are you planning to build or demolish something in your garden or next to your home? For example, do you intend to build a garage or cut down a tree? If so, you will often need a planning permit (omgevingsvergunning). You can apply for this permit via Omgevingsloket online. In some cases you only need to notify the authorities, and no permit is required.
You need a planning permit for various activities in your garden or in and around your house, such as:
- building a driveway;
- modifying, renovating or restoring a listed building;
- cutting down trees.
Go to Omgevingsloket online (online environment portal) to check whether you require a planning permit (in Dutch) or if just a notification is sufficient.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Municipality of Groningen: Applying for a planning permit
Do you want to know whether you need an omgevingsvergunning (planning permit)? You can do an online vergunningcheck (permit check) at the Omgevingsloket online (planning permit online service desk) in Dutch.
This is how you apply for planning permission:
1. Go to the Omgevingsloket online.
2. Do the vergunningcheck.
3. See whether you need a permit.
4. If you have to submit a notification, you can do so at once on Omgevingsloket. Log in with DigiD (for individeuals) or eHerkenning (for businesses).
The cost depends on which all-in-one permit for physical aspects you apply for. Note that you must pay even if your application is rejected.
The municipality will need 8 weeks (standard procedure) to assess your application. It will sometimes take 26 weeks (extended procedure). This will be the case, for example, if you want something different from what is stated in the bestemmingsplan (zoning plan). The municipality can extend the period once for a period of 6 weeks.
You can view the list of permit applications and decisions.
Do you want to object? In this case, the following rules apply.
- For a standard all-in-one permit for physical aspects (8 weeks), you can file an objection within 6 weeks of the decision being published. How to do this is stated in the published decisions.
- Does it concern an extended all-in-one permit for physical aspects (26 weeks)? Then it is issued a a draft decision. You can submit your opinion within 6 weeks. After that, a final decision will be made. You can appeal to the district court within 6 weeks.
Good to know
You must not start work until you have obtained the permit. If you start before that, you may have to undo the work at your own expense.