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Cheaper permit for sustainable renovations

Published: 
15 June 2017
Modified: 
15 June 2017

Private individuals and companies with sustainable building plans will pay a lower fee for a building permit application.

The measure is for all building projects which require a permit, from private renovations to large building projects by housing corporations and project developers. The amount saved on the permit depends on the chosen building solution: the more sustainable the project, the bigger the rebate. This kind of incentive, which takes effect on 1 January 2018, makes The Hague one of the first of its kind in the Netherlands.

‘The Hague is working hard to make new and existing buildings more sustainable,’ explained Deputy Mayor Joris Wijsmuller (Urban Development, Public Housing and Sustainability). ‘This is needed because the city aims to become climate-neutral by 2040. Many private individuals and companies are willing to include climate measures in their plans but financial support help to expedite the process. This is why the municipality is stimulating sustainable building plans in this way.’

Building permit applicants should indicate which sustainable solutions are included in their construction plan. This can include solar panels, double or triple glazing, insulation or a solar boiler. A sustainability score will then be calculated for the plans. The Hague will use the GPR sustainability and quality criteria, widely used by governments and the construction industry. The municipality will determine how much of a rebate the applicant will receive for the permit fees using a GPR score of 1 to 10.

The Municipality of The Hague has a total of € 5 million available for the measure, which is valid in 2018 and 2019.

Published: 
15 June 2017
Modified: 
15 June 2017