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Permit and dispensation for provincial waterway structures

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you want to build a structure in the Netherlands on, over or next to a provincial waterway, you require a permit or dispensation from the provincial authority. Examples of structures are bridges, jetties, bank facilities or harbour basins. Before you start to build, it is wise to first check who is the owner of the waterway.

Permit under the Canal Regulations

You may only dig, build, reroute, rebuild, modify, prevent the use of or dismantle canals and water control works if you have obtained a permit under the Canal Regulations (Kanalenreglement) from the provincial authority.

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply to the provincial authority for a permit or dispensation 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.

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

+31 (0)88 602 44 44

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency