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Notification of swimming pool or recreational lake construction

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If you want to construct, extend, or alter a (public) swimming pool in the Netherlands, you must notify the provincial authorities. Read more.

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at your municipality, province, or water authority

Do you want to construct a swimming pool in the Netherlands? Or do you want to extend or alter an existing swimming pool? And does this affect the layout and set-up of the water treatment, or the maximum number of visitors? You must notify the provincial authorities. The notification requirement applies not only to the pool itself, but also to the land and buildings belonging to it.

You have to notify when constructing, extending, or altering:

  • public swimming pools
  • swimming pools in for example hotels, saunas, and camping sites
  • medical bathing facilities
  • kiddie or paddling pools

You also have to notify the authorities if you intend to operate swimming facilities in surface water, such as a recreational lake.

Submitting the notification

If you do not need a permit, you must submit the notification 3 months before starting your building activities. The provincial authority appoints regional environment services (omgevingsdiensten, in Dutch) to handle notifications. Contact your provincial authority for more information.

Sometimes you will also need an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (omgevingsvergunning) for these activities. If so, you must submit the notification 3 months before you apply for the permit.

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can notify your provincial authority of the construction, extension or alteration of a swimming facility with Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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