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 Nieuwkoop: 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.
The Environment Counter (online) will compile your application form based on your answers. You will receive an overview of what you must submit.
You will find a number of public brochures about permit-free building on the website of the Rijksoverheid (Government).
Almost every building plan also means a change for your environment. The execution of (construction) work also often causes some nuisance. It is therefore important that you inform your neighbors about your plans in good time. The Civil Code (Book 5, Title 4) lists the rights and obligations of owners of neighboring heirs (neighbours). You must comply with this when carrying out the (construction) work.
The municipality needs a number of data and drawings to process your application for an environmental permit. Drawings are also required for small structures such as a fence, fence or dormer window.
Which drawings do you provide?
For both the existing situation and the new situation, you must provide:
- Situation drawings indicating exactly where the (construction) work will be built, including the surrounding buildings and roads. The site plan also contains the following information: the dimensions of the plot, the layout of the parking facilities on the site, the way the plot is accessed and the location of the public road. Also include the dimensions of the structure, the distance from the structure to all plot boundaries and a north arrow on the drawing.
- Facade drawings of all facades (façade views).
- Floor plans that also state what the building will be used for.
- Sectional drawings.
- Detail drawings.
- All drawings contain clear dimensions and scale indication. How you measure is stated in the applicable zoning plan.
For the drawings, use the following scale:
- structures smaller than 10,000 m2 gross floor area: 1:100;
- structures 10,000 m2 or larger gross floor area: 1:200;
- situation drawing on a scale of 1:1000 or on a scale of 1:500;
- detailed drawings on a scale of 1:5, on a scale of 1:10, or on a scale of 1:20.
Data to be provided at a later date
You can choose to provide the construction calculations and drawings no later than three weeks before the start of the work.
The 2012 Building Decree Assessment Policy of the municipality of Nieuwkoop stipulates that if the construction costs are lower than € 50,000, no Building Decree test needs to be carried out. It is therefore your own responsibility that the structure complies with the 2012 Building Decree. If the construction costs are less than € 50,000, you do not have to provide any constructive data.
If your application is not complete, we will ask you to provide additional information. This means that the decision period for processing your application will be interrupted. The decision period starts again when the requested data has been received. It is important, among other things, that your application is complete in order to grant a permit quickly.
Your application may require an additional report or other information. For the complete regulation, which also states what you must submit, we refer you to the Environmental Law Regulations that you can find on wetten.overheid.nl.
- Go to the Environment Counter online.
- Do the permit check.
- You will see whether you need a permit.
- You can immediately apply for the permit online or in writing. For both options, use the Environment Counter. Log in with DigiD (for yourself) or with eHerkenning (for a company).
Consult in advance
You can also consult in advance about your permit application with the Environment Counter of the municipality of Nieuwkoop. You can call +31 172 521100, send an email to email@example.com or make an online appointment to visit the counter in Nieuwveen town hall (open on Tuesday and Thursday morning).
You pay costs for processing your application. After we have made a decision on your application (also in the event of a refusal!) you will be sent an invoice. For more information about the costs, see the rate table.
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 the Official Announcements website.
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.
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