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Permit to lay cables and pipelines

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you want to lay cables and pipelines (including associated equipment) in public land within a Dutch municipality, you need a permit. You can obtain this permit from your local municipal authority. With your permit application, you must enclose land registry details and details about the pipelines or cables.

Laying cables and pipelines in a provincial road or waterway

If you want to lay cables and pipelines in or under a provincial road or waterway, you may need an authorization or permit from the provincial authorities. For more information, please contact your provincial authorities.

Duty to report changes

If there are any changes made in or to a pipeline, such as leakage, damage or transport changes, you must report these changes to the Human Environment and Transport InspectorateExternal link (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport or ILT). Any unusual incidents that urgently need to be attended, must be reported by telephone straight away.

Compensation for rerouting

If you, as cable and pipe manager, suffer damage because of cables and pipes being rerouted by the government, you may be entitled to compensation. This refers to rerouting because of changes in the infrastructure in the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment's management area.

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply for a permit or dispensation to the municipal or provincial authorities using Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

Please note: if there is a specific municipal or provincial regulation on laying telecommunications cables, you cannot use Message Box for applying the permit.

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