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
Notice. You only have to pay sewerage charges if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
When determining sewerage charges, the municipality distinguishes between a user and the owner of the property. The sewerage charge therefore consists of an owner's part and a user's part. There are 2 sewerage charges. Users who use more than 300 m3 of water on an annual basis pay a user part.
The following rates apply:
- Owner part: € 73,50 per plot per year
- User part: € 83,90 per plot per year with water consumption up to 300m3
- Large user part:If more than 300m3 of water is drained, the amount will be increased by € 88,50 for every 300m3 above the first 300m3 drained from the plot, with a maximum of €7,500.
You will receive a letter from the municipality stating the amount of the sewerage charge. The letter tells you how to pay. And before which date you must do so.
You can log in with DigiD on the portal of the municipality. Then you can pay via iDEAL, a direct debit, a payment arrangement or by transferring the amount yourself.
Pay on time
Pay on time to avoid paying extra.
You can ask the municipality if you do not have to pay (part of) the levy. This is called remission.