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 Zutphen: Paying the sewage charge
What is a sewage charge?
The sewage charge is a tax levied on households and businesses to pay for the maintenance and management of the sewage system. With the income, the municipality can also pay for the measures necessary to maintain the groundwater level and to process rainwater.
Who pays sewage charges?
Owners and/or users of a home or business premises pay sewage charges.
You can view a copy of your assessment notice by logging in to MijnTribuut.
Please note: you only have to pay rioolheffing (sewage charge) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
You live in the municipality of Zutphen. In this municipality there are different sewerage and water care levy rates for owners. The municipality of Zutphen has abolished the sewage charge for users from tax year 2021.
Costs of sewage and water care charges
Are you moving?
If you are the owner on 1 January, you will pay owner sewage and water care levy for that year. Are you moving later in the year? Then you will not receive a refund. This is because the sewage and water care levy for the owner is a time tax. Your civil-law notary may be able to draw up a settlement. You must arrange this yourself.