Recreation boards (recreatieschappen)

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In the Netherlands there are several recreation boards (recreatieschappen). 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. Do you want to carry out activities in such an area? You may need to apply for a permit with a recreation board.

Examples of outdoor recreational faciltiies 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 amenities 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

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO