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Subsidy for ‘green roofs’

A green roof is a roof covered with plants. The Municipality of The Hague is encouraging the construction of green roofs. Until 1 November 2015 homeowners, homeowner associations and companies can apply for a subsidy. The subsidy is € 25 per square metre of ‘green roof’.

The Hague is working to become a sustainable city. This means a city which can withstand climate change and does not contribute to global warming. A sustainable city is also a green city which is well accessible with a flourishing economy and clean air. If residents and businesses in The Hague build green roofs, they will contribute to The Hague’s development as a sustainable city.

Favourable effect

As cities are becoming fuller, there is less room for ‘green space’. It is therefore important to create alternative forms of green in the city in addition to parks and garden. Green roofs are an example of this. It is relatively simple to get grass, crassulaceae (Jade plants) and herbaceous plants to grow on flat or slightly slanting roofs. Sometimes it’s even possible to plant bushes or trees.

Make use of the many advantages of a green roof and help to make our city greener!

Green roofs contribute favourably to the city’s environment. They help to reduce exhaust fumes and noise pollution. They also relieve the pressure on the sewer system by retaining rainwater. Green roofs also ensure that the city does not get overheated in the summer and they have an insulating effect on the inside of the house. They can also help to extend the life span of the roof while creating a greener living space.

Subsidy for 'green roofs'


The subsidy arrangement is meant for private individuals and small companies.

  • The roof should have minimum surface area of 6 m².
  • The roof needs to be planted professionally adhering to building regulations.

You can apply for a subsidy using a special form (in Dutch) available at the city district offices and under Subsidie groene daken (in Dutch).

Published: 31 March 2015Modified: 6 August 2019