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Do you use land that belongs to the municipality? In most cases a municipal tax is owed for the use of public land. Officially, this is a tax on 'encroachments on or above public land' (precariobelasting).
Anyone who uses a plot of municipal land, for instance by installing an object on it, suspending an object above it or anchoring an object in the ground, has to pay this tax. This includes outdoor terraces, projecting roofs, billboards, scaffolding or containers. The tax also applies if you install cables, pipelines, or tanks in municipal land. The amount owed depends on how the land is used.
In some municipalities you also need to pay this tax for commercial vessels or houseboats with fixed mooring. You then make use of a public waterway. This tax is called demurrage (liggeld).
If you rent this land from the municipality, you do not have to pay the tax. For objects that are placed in, on, or above municipal land on the basis of a legal or contract requirement, such as telecom cables, this tax is also not levied.
Displaying items for sale on the street
In some municipalities, you also have to pay municipal tax on encroachments on or above public land if you display items for sale on the street. The amount depends on how the public space is used. You can find out if and how much you should pay from your municipality (in Dutch). In some cases, you will also need a display permit (uitstallingsvergunning). Some municipalities include the encroachment tax in the cost of the permit.
What you must do
You will normally need a permit to use public space (for example an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects), for which you have to pay a fee. In some municipalities, the tax on encroachments on or above public land is included in the cost of the permit. Also, you will usually have to include information about the size and location of the object with your application to the municipal authority.
Average municipal taxes (precariobelasting) in euro per capita.