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Building regulations

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Your business premises in the Netherlands must comply with the building regulations. You will find these regulations in the Buildings Decree 2012 (Bouwbesluit 2012) as well as in your local building by-law. You must also comply with building regulations and layout requirements that are relevant to your specific business activities. Moreover, if you plan to build, rebuild or renovate, in most cases you will need an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (omgevingsvergunning).

Buildings Decree 2012

If you plan to refurbish, build, demolish or occupy a building, you must comply with the Buildings Decree 2012. This decree contains the technical regulations that represent the minimum requirements for all structures in the Netherlands. The requirements relate to safety, health, usability, energy efficiency and the environment. The Praktijkboek Bouwbesluit 2012External link (Dutch) guides you through the Buildings Decree 2012.

Online tool regarding renovation work

With the online tool Verbouwkompas.nlExternal link (Dutch) you can check which statutory requirements apply to your renovation work on a home (in the case of common types of renovation).

Municipal building rules

The municipal building rules relate to urban planning, building on contaminated land and requirements regarding the external appearance of buildings. Building rules can differ from one municipality to another.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency