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Permit and authorisation for provincial waterway structures

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVOLast updated on Nederlandse versie

Do you want to build a structure in the Netherlands on, over, or next to a provincial waterway? For instance bridges, jetties, bank facilities, or harbour basins? You must have a permit or dispensation from the provincial authority.

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at your municipality, province, or water authority

You need a permit for canals (vergunning Kanalenreglement) from the provincal authorities if you want to:

  • dig,
  • build,
  • reroute or re-lay,
  • rebuild,
  • modify,
  • prevent the use of/decommission, or
  • dismantle (celan up)

a structure in provincial waterways. You may have to pay administrative charges.

Do you need to moor a vessel on a fixed location to perform building activities? You need to apply for an exemption with the provincial authority.

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply to the provincial authority for a permit or authorisation also via 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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