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Applying for a planning permit

Are you planning to build or demolish something in your garden or next to your home? For example, do you intend to build a garage or cut down a tree? If so, you will often need a planning permit (omgevingsvergunning). You can apply for this permit via the Omgevingsloket. In some cases you only need to notify the authorities, and no permit is required.

You need a planning permit for various activities in your garden or in and around your house, such as: 

  • construction; 
  • demolition; 
  • building a driveway; 
  • modifying, renovating or restoring a listed building; 
  • cutting down trees. 

Go to the Omgevingsloket (online environment portal) to check whether you require a planning permit (in Dutch) or if just a notification is sufficient.

You can apply for a planning permit via the Omgevingsloket (in Dutch).

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Applying for a planning permit

You can find out if you need to apply for a permit with the permit check on the online service counter Omgevingsloket online (in Dutch).

Good to know

You should not start work until you have obtained the permit. If you start before this, you may have to undo the work at your own expense.

Permit check + application

1.      Go to on the online service counter Omgevingsloket online  (in Dutch).

2.      Run the permit check. You will see whether you need a permit.

3.      You can apply for a permit online or in writing. Log in with DigiD (for individuals) or eHerkenning (for businesses).

The cost depends on which environmental permit you apply for. You pay even if you do not get the permit.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Groningen

Last updated on 2 January 2024