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In the Netherlands, the provincial authorities establish land use regulations in water extraction areas, groundwater protection areas and drilling exclusion zones. These environmental regulations are laid down in Provincial Environmental Acts (Provinciale Omgevingsverordeningen, POVs).
Dispensation or notification
If you have planned works in water extraction areas, groundwater protection areas or drilling exclusion zones, you will either need dispensation or you must notify the provincial authority in advance. Blue road signs reading 'water extraction area' (waterwingebied) or 'groundwater protection area' (grondwaterbeschermingsgebied) are used to designate these areas.
Establishment in groundwater protection areas of companies with certain types of activities is not allowed. Please check with the relevant provincial authority to which specific activities this applies.
Online application procedure via Message Box
You can apply for dispensation to carry out activities in a water extraction area or a groundwater protection area also online via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.