Permit and authorisation for provincial waterway structures

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you want to build a structure in the Netherlands on, over or next to a provincial waterway, you require a permit or authorisation 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 need a permit under the Canal Regulations (Kanalenreglement) from the provincial authority for canals and water control works if you want to

  • dig,
  • build,
  • reroute,
  • rebuild,
  • modify,
  • prevent the use of, or
  • dismantle a waterway

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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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO