Apply for an all-in-one building permit

Would you like to build or renovate, change the use of a building, change a building listed as a monument, cut down a tree or make an entrance? Check whether you need an all-in-one permit for building, rebuilding or renovating.

When should you apply?

You should apply for an all-in-one building permit for the following:

  • construction work (including placing a sign, roof structure, roof dormer, roof terrace or dividing an independent living space into 2 or more independent living spaces)
  • contravening spatial planning rules (for constructing or renovating a building or changing a use which deviates from the regulations for the prevailing municipal zoning plan)
  • work affecting protected monuments (for changes to buildings designated as a municipal or national monument)
  • fire safety measures (for buildings used as overnight or daytime accommodation or for people who are physically or mentally disabled)
  • advertising (for placing advertising stickers or signs on or on top of a facade)
  • demolition work (for demolition of a protected monument or a building in an area with protected status)
  • carrying out construction work, in areas of scenic or cultural value (such as building or changing cycle paths, paved surfaces or a protected wildlife area and in some cases painting facades)

Do you have 1 or more of the construction/renovation plans listed above and do you have questions? Come to the free consultation hours with the project inspector at the Permits and Supervision department. Make an appointment on tel. 14070. Do you have a company? Stop by the permit desk at the Local Business Counter.

  • cutting down trees
  • establishing or changing an organisation (environmental regulations for businesses). For example, starting a company, changing or expanding business activities, business property or premises, placing a gas or oil tank
  • constructing an entry or exit.

Is a permit needed or not?

Do the online permit check in the Omgevingsloket online (OLO) to assess the exact type of all-in-one permit you need for your specific activity.

In the OLO can you find:

  • conditions for the dimensions for a roof dormer or extension
  • conditions for the circumference of a tree or the size of the garden where the tree is standing.
Archaeology is not yet included in the permit check in the OLO.

Permit check in the OLO (in Dutch)

A permit is not always needed for minor building work. Read more under permit-free building.

Fees

You will need to pay a fee for a number of all-in-one building permits. You will find the fees in the fees directive for the all-in-one building permit of the Municipality of The Hague. If your application is rejected or dismissed, you will be reimbursed for part of the fees paid. You can read more about this in the fee regulations.

In some cases you can request a refund for part of the fees which you paid for an all-in-one building permit.


Calculate your building fees

The municipality charges fees for a permit. These fees are called 'leges'. If you need a permit, you can calculate the fees for your building or renovation plans.

Discount on building fees

Are you planning to build or renovate to make your property more sustainable? Then you may qualify for a discount on the building fees.

How long does it take?

  • Regular applications take 8 weeks. The municipality has the right to extend the period 1 time by up to 6 weeks. If the municipality allows the maximum processing period to elapse, the permit is automatically granted ‘by default’.
  • You can get a permit for minor building work within a few weeks. For example, for placing an extension, roof dormers and skylights. See Quick permits for minor building work.
  • An application for extensive work can take 26 weeks. This period applies, for example, to an application to establish or change an organisation (‘environmental’ permit), work affecting protected monuments (sometimes), changes to a zoning plan or fire safety measures. The period may always be extended 1 time by up to 6 weeks.
  • You will receive a letter stating how long the procedure will take.

Apply

The application form can be found in the Omgevingsloket Online (OLO). In many cases, you only need to apply 1 time for the all-in-one building permit for different activities.

You need a DigiD for your application. If you do not have a DigiD, apply for one on www.digid.nl. Companies use eHerkenning 2 (EH2, see: www.infomil.nl/eherkenning).

The OLO specifies the documents you need to submit.

Apply for the all-in-one building permit in the OLO

Needed to apply Watch the video 'Wanneer vraagt u een Omgevingsvergunning aan bij verbouwen' ('When do you need to apply for an all-in-one building permit') on the municipality’s YouTube channel.

    Feasibility of permit application

    Are unsure whether your permit application is achievable? Then you could consider an initial ruling on the all-in-one building permit application.

    Step-by-step procedure

    The municipality follows a number of steps after you have applied for the all-in-one building permit. Read more under Procedure after applying for an all-in-one building permit.

    In short these are: the application is submitted, the application is screened for completeness, review of application, draft decision, final decision.

    Keep your neighbours informed

    It is important to maintain good relations with your neighbours if you are planning to do building work. There are several ways for the people planning to build and stakeholders such as residents in the immediate area to keep each other informed and to look up information about the building work.