Building in and with the neighbourhood

It is important to maintain good relations with your neighbours when building work is conducted in the neighbourhood or street. This fosters understanding for each other’s situation and prevents nuisance, complaints and objections. Read how you can inform each other about what will happen before and during the building work.

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People initiating building plans and interested parties such as area residents have different ways to inform each other or to look up information on the building activities. We offer practical examples which you can use right away.

Practical examples you can use right away

Are you going to build or renovate? Or would you like to know what is happening in your neighbourhood? The PDFs below contain useful tips and examples of letters, posters and postcards you can use.

Practical tips if you are going to (re)build (in Dutch) (PDF, 1,7 MB)
Practical tips for you and your neighbours (in Dutch) (PDF, 1.001,3 kB)

Building: communicate with the neighbours on time

Building plans usually have an impact on your environment, neighbours and area residents. It is therefore important to involve the neighbours with your plan. This is your responsibility as the person who has the building plans. It is sensible to involve your neighbours before you submit your building plans. This way you prevent any possible delays and you maintain a good relationship with your neighbours and area residents.

The PDF below contains a step-by-step communication plan which you can use with your neighbours.

Guidelines 'Building: communicate with the neighbours on time' (in Dutch) (PDF, 92,9 kB)

In a nutshell you can following these steps:

  1. Involve your neighbours and area residents (interested parties) when you draw up your plan.
    You inform people in advance. This is appreciated and you can discuss and solve any sticking points. If you are applying for a permit, you can also indicate that you have involved your neighbourhood in the plan.
  2. Discuss the planning and the impact of the building activities.
    You can indicate approximately what your neighbours can expect and what they should anticipate (noise, traffic, dust, lack of parking, fenced off areas, builders etc.). If your neighbours know where they stand, they deal more easily with any annoyance and you prevent complaints.  
  3. Exchange contact information so that you can quickly notify one another.
    This way you ensure that you can quickly inform each other if something unexpected happens or if there are problems. This prevents irritation and improves cooperation.
  4. Maintain regular contact with each other during the building activities.
    Asking if everything is going well prevents irritation and increases involvement and ensures greater understanding if there is ever trouble.

Which building work is being done in your neighbourhood?

Is building work being conducted in your neighbourhood or would you like to know in advance what will happen in your neighbourhood? The municipality publishes announcements of permit applications and the decisions taken. You can easily see all of the applications in your neighbourhood, also for tree cutting permits for example.

Look at applications and decisions

Contest a decision

You can also file an objection and enter into discussions with the builders beforehand.

Follow the status of your permit application

Did you apply for a permit? You can view the status of your application on MijnDenHaag. Log in using your DigiD. If you do not yet have a DigiD, apply for one on

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(Re)building in The Hague: permits

If you are planning to (re)build, there is a lot to take into consideration. You might need an all-in-one building permit. You need to make drawings. And many things needs to be planned and arranged.

The municipality will charge a fee for submitting an all-in-one building permit. Look on the page Apply for an all-in-one building permit to see whether you need to apply for the permit for your building project. You will also find a step-by-step plan on what will happen once you apply for a permit.

If a permit is required for your plans you will need to apply for it at the municipality. This permit is called the all-in-one building permit. This instructional film makes clear what is expected of you when you submit an application.

Instructional film part 1: applying for a residential building permit (YouTube channel of the municipality)

If you would like more information on applying for a permit for a roof dormer, replacing window frames or other minor building work, go to Quick permits for minor building work. Other permits you may need can be found on the pages Building permits and Residential permits. You can also calculate how much you will pay in fees for the building work.

Has your permit been granted? Then the decision will contain a number of requirements for the building project. The video will explain what is expected from you once you start building.

Instructional video part 2: monitoring the building work (YouTube channel of the municipality)

The municipality will publish the announcement of your application and the decision on

Reporting nuisance

The municipality monitors building plans and how they are executed in compliance with building requirements. In addition the municipality is responsible for preventing unsafe situations. Most of the situations which cause nuisance fall under the responsibility of the residents and can be solved by consulting with one another. First see if you can solve the problem together before you file a report at the municipality.

Look for more information on the page Report a problem with construction work.

Published: 1 November 2019Modified: 21 February 2022