The Water Act contains regulations for the use and management of water for the whole of The Netherlands.
What does the Water Act regulate?
The Water Act contains the most important regulations for the use and management of water for the whole of The Netherlands.
The water authorities implement the water act. So do municipalities, provinces and Rijkswaterstaat. Together we ensure that our dykes protect us against high water levels. And that everyone makes prudent decisions when dealing with water. For example, the Water Act prohibits freely dumping polluted water.
In addition to the Water Act, every water authority has it own set of rules and regulations. These are stated, among others, in the Keur (Water authority by-laws).
What does this mean for me?
Are you planning a construction project in the vicinity of water or a dyke? Are you planning on building a dock or jetty? Or are you holding a waterside event or an event on the water? Then we want to be sure that this will not have a negative impact on the water or the dyke. Therefore, please check if you need a permit or not.