Government support for entrepreneurs

Nature conservation

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you want to develop activities in a Natura 2000 area (Protected Nature Reserve, Beschermd Natuurmonument) that might have a harmful impact on protected natural assets, you will need a permit under the Nature Conservancy Act (natuurbeschermingswetvergunning) from the provincial authority. If you also want to carry out other activities in this area, for which you require an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects, then, instead of applying for a permit under the Nature Conservation Act, you can apply for an All-in-one permit for physical aspects with regard to all activities you are planning. This applies, for example, to building projects or when you want to start a campsite. In that case you do not have to apply for a separate Nature Conservation Act permit.

Natura 2000 is a network of nature conservation areas spread throughout Europe. The 162 Natura 2000 areas in the Netherlands are covered by the Nature Conservancy Act.

How to apply?

You apply for an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects to the Service Counter All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects or your municipality. You apply for the Nature Conservation Act permit to the provincial authority. However, in some cases Nature Conservancy Act applications should be submitted to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Ministerie van Economische Zaken). Foreign applications must always be submitted to this Ministry.

Dutch National Database Flora and Fauna

If you want to have a complete view of the ecological conditions at your building project, you can consult the Dutch National Database Flora and Fauna (NDDF) for a fee.

Online application procedure via Message Box

Using Message Box, you can apply digitally for an All-in-one Permit to the provincial authority. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency