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Zuidas applies for general water permit

Zuidas has submitted an application for this permit to the Amstel, Gooi and Vecht Water Authority (AGV). This general permit will only authorise works that involve an increase of paved surfaces and/or surface water. The general permit will not apply to works involving flood defences and groundwater. Zuidas needs to apply for a separate water permit for these.

End to separate permits

The general permit would provide Zuidas with a single permit that allows a range of different works. Zuidas will then no longer need to apply for a water permit for each individual set of works, because, under the general permit, it will be sufficient to issue a notification each time instead. This will enable Zuidas to work more efficiently and faster. The general permit will be valid for eight years. For the local area, a general permit will mean that it is no longer possible to object to each set of works that relates to water, providing that the general permit applies to these works. However, it will still be possible to object to all other water permits in this way.

Which water-related works are actually involved?

The water-related works for which Zuidas is applying for the general permit are:

  • The addition of new paved surfaces;
  • Temporary and permanent filling of primary and secondary water surfaces;
  • Temporary and permanent digging of primary and secondary water surfaces;
  • Installing temporary and permanent dams and culverts in primary and secondary water surfaces;
  • Installing temporary and permanent bridges above primary and secondary water surfaces;
  • Installing bank shoring in primary and secondary water surfaces;
  • Installing canal walls in the protection zone of primary water surfaces.

Other permits

In addition to a water permit under the Water Authority By-laws (Keur AGV), most water-related works also require one or more other permits, for example from the local municipality or the province. These could, for example, include an exemption to the Nature Conservation Act or an environmental permit. The standard procedures will continue to apply for these permits.

Consultation, opinions and objections

From 9 November until 20 December 2023, the general permit application will be open for consultation (in Dutch). Anyone can submit an opinion within this period. After 20 December 2023, the Amstel, Gooi and Vecht Water Authority will make a decision on the application (granting or refusing the permit). This will be followed by a six-week objection period.

Telephone consultation session

We are organising a telephone session about the subject from 16.00 to 17.00 on Monday, 27 November 2023. Do you have questions about what the general permit (application) means or how the procedure will work? If so, you can call the Zuidas-Zuidasdok Information Centre between 16.00 and 17.00 on 0800 – 5065. A team of specialists will be ready and waiting to answer your questions. Outside this consultation session, you can of course also contact our Information Centre. We will endeavour to answer your question within two working days.

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