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Notification of digging (Excavation Regulation)

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In the Netherlands, if you want to dig mechanically or have such work performed, you are obliged to report your planned activities to the Dutch Land Registry Office (Kadaster) at least 20 days before the activity.

Notifying about a dig

If you only intend to do one mechanical dig, you only need to fill in the Klic form for notifying about a digExternal link. If you do regular digs, you first need to register with the Dutch Land Registry Office (Kadaster)External link as an excavation contractor. Then you can loginExternal link to report another dig, this is known as KLIC notificationExternal link (klic melding, in Dutch). The land registry's network manager will send you digital information about cables and pipelines present at the indicated location. Then you will know where to dig without damaging cables and pipelines.

Excavation work on a provincial public road

If you intend to dig in a provincial public road, you may have to apply for dispensation from the provincial authority as well.

Damage caused by excavation

The excavation work must be carried out with the utmost care. Guidelines to avoid damage have been compiled in CROW publication 500 'Avoiding damage to cables and pipes'External link (in Dutch). If a power grid is damaged during the excavation work, you must report the damage to the grid operator. If you are a grid operator, you have to report all damage to your power grid to the Land Registry OfficeExternal link once a year in January. Even if your grid has not sustained damage, you are still obliged to fill in the notification form.

Unexpected situations

If you are an excavation contractor, and come across an unexpected situation, you must inform the Lang Registry Office, which will in turn inform the grid operator. For insance this could be necessary in the following cases:

  • you find one or more cables or pipelines which are not marked in the drawings provided to you;
  • the location of cables or pipelines is marked wrongly in the drawings;
  • you find no network at all.

Agricultural businesses

Farmers do not have to submit a separate notificationExternal link of their intention to perform excavation work each time they till their land (in Dutch). For excavations up to a depth of 50 centimetres, you can use the information received when you first submitted a notification of your intention to perform excavation work. If you intend to dig deeper than 50 centimetres, you have to follow the instructions for notifying about a dig (as indicated above).

Online procedure via Message Box

Using Message Box you can submit the following notifications to Kadaster online:

  • intention to perform excavation work
  • damage during excavation work
  • unexpected situation

You can submit your application for dispensation to dig in a provincial road via Message Box to your 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, RVO