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 Zaanstad: 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.
When determining the sewage charge, the municipality distinguishes between the owner of the home and a large user. Users who use more than 300 m3 of water on an annual basis pay a user share.
There is no difference in the rates for a single or multi-person household. The following rates apply:
- Sewage charges, for the purchase of water up to 300 cubic meters: € 290.95
- Sewage charge, for every 100 m3 more than 300 cubic meters: € 96.98
Pay on time to avoid having to pay extra charges.