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
Municipality of Eindhoven: Paying the sewage charge
Please note: you only have to pay rioolheffing (sewage charge) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
In determining the sewage charge, the municipality makes a distinction between the owner of the property and a high-volume user. Users who use more than 500 cubic metres of water on an annual basis pay a user component. Therefore 2 sewage rates apply.
You can find the rate of sewerage charges under the heading 'How much do I have to pay?'
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You will receive a letter from the municipality stating the amount of the sewage charge. The letter will state how and by what date you must pay.
Do you have a low income and no equity? Then you may not have to pay the owner's sewage charge . You can then apply for a remission . No remission is possible for sewage charges for the user .