Building permit rates vary widely between Dutch cities

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Large price differences in building permits lead to call for nationwide rules and maximum rates.

Amsterdam – Local authorities charge wildly varied rates for building permits, reports homeowners association Vereniging Eigen Huis (VEH).

A survey commissioned by the association revealed an 18-fold price difference for permits for small-sized building and renovation work up to EUR 10,000.

Amounts ranged from just EUR 35 in Leiden, the cheapest city, to EUR 635 in Zundert (North Brabant province), where permits are the most expensive.

For substantial work, such as building a house, which is estimated at EUR 130,000, the cost of the required permit varies between EUR 1,300 and EUR 6,067.

The association is pleading for nationwide rules on building permit rates, including a maximum rate.

Municipal authorities appear to increase rates in order to fill gaps in their budgets caused by a drop in ground sales and fewer applications for building permits.

The VEH noted the number building projects has recently ground to a halt.

Through expected municipal budget cuts in the coming year, the risk of increased building permit prices is high, said the VEH in a press release.

High administrative costs are a substantial barrier to building projects, it added.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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