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 Rotterdam: Paying the sewage charge
In determining the sewage charge, the municipality does not make any distinction between the owner and the user. Account is taken of how much water you consume on an annual basis. One sewage rate applies.
Rate list (2022):
- Base rate - dwellings and non-dwellings per plot: € 235.90
- Base rate - dwellings and non-dwellings with a value less than € 50,000 (20% of the base rate) per plot: € 47.20
- Base rate for non-dwellings raised by a % of the property value (WOZ-waarde) above € 200,000: 0.09391%
- Maximum rate sewage charge: € 2,044.20
You can pay with iDEAL
You need your DigiD (for private individuals or sole proprietors) or eHerkenning (businesses).
Paying 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. That is referred to as kwijtschelding.
Do you disagree with the sewage charge? You can object via the page Bezwaar belastingaanslag.