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Paying the sewage charge

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).

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of Leiden.

Sewage tax

Please note that you only have to pay sewage tax if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

If you own a house or business premises which is directly or indirectly connected to the municipal sewerage, you have to pay sewage tax. The amount of tax you have to pay depends on the size of your household or the amount of water you use in your business premises.    

You pay sewage tax for use of the sewerage and the disposal of waste water and rainwater. The municipality uses the revenues to renew and maintain the sewerage.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Leiden

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Last updated on 26 September 2022