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Activities in nature conservation areas

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If you want to develop activities in a Natura 2000 area that might have a harmful impact, you will need a permit under the Nature Conservation Act.

Do you want to develop activities in a Natura 2000 area or a Protected Nature Reserve (Beschermd Natuurmonument) that might have a harmful impact on protected natural assets? You will need a permit under the Nature Conservation Act (natuurbeschermingswetvergunning) from the provincial authority.

Do you want to carry out other activities in this area, for which you require an all-in-one permit for physical aspects? Then you can apply for an all-in-one permit for physical aspects for all activities you are planning.

Applying for a Nature Conservation Act permit

Natura 2000 is a network of nature conservation areas spread throughout Europe. All Natura 2000 areas in the Netherlands (in Dutch) and protected nature reserves are protected under the Nature Conservation Act. Do your activities have a (potential) harmful impact on protected natural assets? You need to apply for the Nature Conservation Act permit to the provincial authority (in Dutch).

In some cases you have to apply tot the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for a Nature Conservation Act permit (RVO, in Dutch). For instance if the project has significant societal impact, exceeds provincial borders, or is located in the sea.

Applying for an all-in-one permit for physical aspects

For other activities in a Natura 2000 area you require an all-in-one permit for physical aspects. 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. You can apply for an all-in-one permit for physical aspects from the service counter all-in-one permit for physical aspects or your municipal authority (in Dutch).

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

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

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