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 Laarbeek: Applying for a planning permit
Do you want to build, renovate, demolish or change something else in your living environment in or around your home or business? In that case, you often need an environmental permit in accordance with the General Provisions Environmental Law Act (Wabo). Through this act, 25 permits, exemptions and notifications have been integrated into one environmental permit. This way you can apply for all your necessary permits at once at just one counter. This saves you time and money. There is also one objection and appeal procedure. You may need an environmental permit for the following activities: building or renovating a structure (such as a house) - building permit the demolition of a structure in a protected cityscape or village changing a municipal or provincial monument, or renovating or demolishing a monument building a road making a way out (or exit) on the municipal or provincial road installing an alarm system on immovable property (such as a factory, office or house) creating and displaying advertising (such as a billboard) or permitting this as an owner felling a tree or felling a timber stand starting a B&B Sometimes there are other activities for which you must apply for an environmental permit. You can find out what these are in the municipal (or provincial) ordinance.
Environment counter online You can do a permit check via the Environment Desk online (link is external). You will then see whether or not you need to apply for an environmental permit or whether you need to make a report. If you have any questions about the procedure to be followed, always contact the municipality. You can immediately submit your application digitally via Milieusloket online. You will then need a DigiD login code if you apply as a private individual. More information about DigiD can be found at www.digid.nl(link is external). If you want to submit an application digitally for your company, you need eHerkenning. More information can be found at www.ereken.nl(link is external). Apply for an environmental permit You can fill in the application form digitally in the Online Environment Desk or download the form and print it out on paper. You send the completed application form to the municipality. Decision on the application The municipality will decide on your application within 8 weeks of receipt. This term can be extended once by 6 weeks. If the municipality does not make a decision within the term, the permit will be granted automatically (by operation of law). A decision period of 26 weeks applies to complex applications. This term can also be extended once by 6 weeks. Under this procedure, however, the license cannot be granted by operation of law. Objection and appeal If you do not agree with the decision on your permit application, you can lodge an objection with the municipality. Submit your objection within 6 weeks of the announcement of the decision. You can then appeal to the administrative court.
The costs depend on which permit you apply for. You pay even if you do not get the permit. [link naar kostentabel in jouw gemeente of voer hier de kosten in]
Discount for sustainable renovation
If you will be renovating in sustainably, you can get a discount from the municipality [if that option exists: link to your municipality’s subsidy for sustainable renovation].
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.
The list of permit applications and decisions are published on [link naar pagina gemeente].
Do you disagree with the decision? If so, you can lodge a complaint. The following applies:
- For a standard permit (8 weeks), you must lodge a complaint within 6 weeks of the decision being made and published. The conditions for lodging a complaint can be found on [link to municipality page] .
- For an extended permit (26 weeks), the initial decision is a pending decision. You can submit your response within 6 weeks. After that a final decision will be issued. You can appeal to the rechtbank (district court) within 6 weeks. You can send your letter by post to: [Adres rechtbank]
Good to know
You may start work only once you have received the permit. If you start earlier, you may be required to undo the work at your own expense.