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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 (KLIC notification) (Dutch). You must first register with Kadaster before you can do so. Through Kadaster, the competent network manager will send you information about cables and pipelines present at the location of the dig. In order to be able to send you this information, the network manager has to be certified.
Excavation work on a provincial public road
If you intend to excavate in a provincial public road, you may have to apply for dispensation from the provincial authority as well, besides the notification to Kadaster
Damage caused by excavation
You are obliged to carry out the excavation work (or have it carried out for you) in a careful manner. In short: a full assessment of existing networks and provision of sufficient safety measures. If a network is damaged during the excavation work, you must report the damage to the manager of the damaged network. As a network manager, you have to report all damages to your network to Kadaster once a year. Even if your network sustained no damages, you still have to fill in the notification form every January.
As an excavator, did you find one or more networks that are not stated on the drawings provided to you? Or does the actual location of the network differ? Or do you find no network at all? In that case, you must report this to Kadaster. They will then inform the relevant network manager (if known).
Farmers do not have to submit a separate notification of their intention to perform excavation work each time they till their land. When performing excavation work down 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.
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.