Applying for an all-in-one permit for physical aspects (omgevingsvergunning)

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In the Netherlands you need to report most activities with regard to the living environment to your local authorities. In most cases, you must also apply for an all-in-one permit for physical aspects.

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Do you want to build, renovate, or demolish a building? Do you, for example, want to place advertising on your commercial building, cut down a tree, or install an alarm system? In the Netherlands you need to report most activities with regard to the living environment such as construction, living, monuments, environment, nature, and open space, to your local authorities. In most cases, you must also apply for an all-in-one permit for physical aspects (Omgevingsvergunning).

The all-in-permit for physical aspects is 1 permit for:

  • building/construction
  • living
  • monuments
  • living environment/space
  • nature and environment

Do you need an all-in-one permit for physical aspects?

You can use an all-in-one permit for physical aspects instead of applying for several individual permits. Do you want to know if you need to report or if you need an all-in-one permit? You can do the online permit check at the online service counter Omgevingsloket (in Dutch).

You apply for an all-in-one permit for example if you:

You can consult the Dutch-language overview for more information on specific subjects.

How to apply for an all-in-one permit

You apply to your municipality. Or you apply at the Omgevingsloket (in Dutch). You can apply digitally or in writing. You can also authorise somebody else to apply for you. Please note that the online application service OLO is in Dutch only.

Your application should include:

  • name and address of the applicant and/or the authorised person (and email address if you apply digitally)
  • the location or cadastral identification of the project
  • a description of the nature and size of the project, supported with a cost estimate and for instance architectural drawings, maps, photographs, or other suited materials
  • if the project is carried out by a third party, their name and address

Would you like to know in advance if your application is promising or not? You can mention this during your online application. The competetent authority will then check this with you. Please note that this service is not available in every municipality.

Digital application for companies listed in the Dutch Business Register (Handelsregister)

You apply digitally through your municipality's website. Or you apply directly through the Omgevingsloket (in Dutch). You will have to identify yourself with eHerkenning with assurance level 2 or higher. If you have applied for the permit online, you can have the handling of your application proceeded through Message Box. For this you need to fill in your Message Box name with the application.

Digital application for non-resident foreign companies

Are you a non-resident foreign company or a non-resident foreign private person? Then you cannot use eHerkenning or DigiD. As an EU entrepreneur you may use an approved European eID to login at the Omgevingsloket. If you are a non-EU entrepreneur or a non-resident, you can apply for an Omgevingsloket ID. You can use this to apply for a permit for physical aspects at the Omgevingsloket (in Dutch).

Written applications

For written applications there is 1 uniform form. This form is available at your municipality, which will send it to you at your request. You can also complete the (Dutch-language) paper application form online on the OLO website, then print and send it.

How long does an application take?

Usually, the comptent authorities (in general the municipality) decide within 8 weeks whether you will be granted an all-in-one permit. More complex applications may take up to 6 months.

Temporary dispensation

Are you unable to meet the requirements concerning the environment and planning laws? Then you can apply for a temporary order of tolerance (gedoogbeschikking). You apply for this dispensation, if you meet certain conditions, to a competent authority.

This type of dispensation makes it possible to carry out an activity in exceptional circumstances. For instance, when you do not have the time to go through the normal procedures due to force majeure or because you are in a transitional situation.

Objection and appeal

Has you application been denied? You can object in writing to your municipality. You must state clearly why you disagree with the decision.

Is your objection (partially) rejected by the municipal authorities? You can appeal to the court (in Dutch). You can do so up until 6 weeks after the municipality's decision. It may take a year before the judge rules on your appeal. After this procedure either you or the other party can appeal this ruling.

Online application procedure via Message Box

In the province of Noord-Brabant you can apply for this temporary exemption order via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies. You can send attachments with your application. Please check the name that you give to the file(s).

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