Recreation boards (recreatieschappen)

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you want to carry out activities in a recreational area? You may need to apply for a permit with a recreation board (recreatieschappen). In the Netherlands there are several recreation boards. These recreation authorities develop, manage and exploit outdoor recreational facilities outside the built-up area. They are cooperative arrangements between municipal and provincial authorities. Some recreation boards have their own by-laws.

Examples of outdoor recreational facilities outside the built-up area are for instance:

  • (swimming) pools
  • picnic locations
  • cycle paths and footpaths
  • canoe routes


For activities within the district of a recreation board, you will sometimes need a permit. It concerns, for example:

You apply for the permit to the management of the recreation board:

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply for permits digitally via Message Box, for instance to some recreational boards. 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