You pay a sewage charge (rioolheffing) for your wastewater and for rainwater that ends up in the sewer. The sewage charge is part of the municipal taxes and is collected by the municipality, which uses that money to pay for maintenance and replacement of the sewers. Some municipalities also call the sewage charge sewage tax (rioolbelasting).
Each municipality has its own way of calculating the sewage charge. For example, some municipalities calculate the sewage charge based on the value of the property. Others base it on drinking-water consumption. To find out how your municipality calculates the sewage charge, contact your municipality.
The sewage charge is included in the municipal tax bill. This is usually sent out in the first 2 weeks of February.
Apply for an exemption on paying municipal taxes
Are you unable to pay your municipal taxes? Then ask your municipality for an exemption. You can be granted an exemption from paying part of the taxes, or all of the taxes.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
You pay tax for the processing of rainwater and groundwater and the maintenance of the sewer. You will receive an assessment for this if you live in the municipality or have a business there. Even if your building is not directly connected to the sewer. This is called sewerage charges.
You will usually receive an assessment at the end of February via mijn.overheid.nl or by post. You can also view your assessment online via MY SVHW.
If you move to another municipality, you will pay sewage charges to the municipality up to and including the month in which you move. You will be refunded the overpaid money.
If you are the owner of a home or business premises on 1 January of the tax year, you will pay sewage charges for that entire year. Even if you have sold your property. The situation as of 1 January therefore applies for the whole year. You can (partly) settle the sewage charge with the buyer. This settlement must take place at the notary during the transfer of ownership. You arrange this yourself.
If you rent a house or other property, you pay less than if you own it. Tenants pay the user share. Owners the part of the property. If you are both the owner and user of the property, you pay both.
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Do you disagree with the sewage charge? You can object. For more information visit our website.