Cabinet Relaxes Rules for Building in Garden
THE HAGUE, 15/10/13 - It will become easier for individuals and companies to build extensions to their home or office, build alongside or carry out other small building works at the back of a main building. It will also be easier for the duration of up to 10 years to diverge from a municipal zoning plan and to use empty buildings for a different purpose, the cabinet has decided.
With this measure, the cabinet is implementing a motion in which the Lower House called on the government to simplify the opportunities for home-owners to build a small home in their garden, for example for their elderly parents. Additionally, empty offices can more easily be converted into housing.
"The new national uniform rules assume a maximum admissible area of extending, building out and building onto a main building, for which no area licence is necessary,” says the cabinet. “Additionally, municipalities can provide area licences more quickly for activities that, up to a duration of 10 years, are in conflict with the zoning plan. This could for example be emergency shops or emergency schools.”