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 Maastricht: Paying the sewage charge
In determining the sewage charge, the municipality makes a distinction between a user and an owner of the property. The sewage charge therefore consists of an owner component and a user component. Therefore 2 rates apply.
The following rates apply:
Owner component: € 156.62 per plot
User component for use up to and including 250 m3: € 54.47 per plot
The user component is increased as follows:
- above 250 m3 up to 50,000 m3: € 432.21 per full unit of 250 m3
- above 50,000 m3 up to 500,000 m3: € 287.12 per full unit of 250 m3
- above 500,000 m3: € 143.37 per full unit of 250 m3
You will receive an assessment notice from Belastingsamenwerking Gemeenten en Waterschappen (BsGW) detailing the amount of the sewerage charge. The letter tells you how to pay. And before which date you must do so.
Pay on time
Pay on time to avoid having to pay extra charges.
You can ask the municipality whether you are entitled to an exemption in respect of (part of) the charge. This is called kwijtschelding (remission). No remission is possible for personal sewage charges.
You can apply for remission digitally at the Municipalities and Water Boards Tax Cooperation (BsGW).