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Do you have plans to establish a company in the Amsterdam port area? Or do you want to expand an existing company or develop other activities? If so, check at the earliest possible stage what permissions and permits you need to do so. On this page you will find all the information you need.


Points of attention for your planning

Some authorisation procedures can take up to 26 weeks. This does not include the time needed to prepare the application. We advise you to take this into account in your planning. In the case of permits, good preparation is half the work.

It is also advisable to identify the necessary (environmental) measures well in advance. This way you will not be faced with any surprises.

For initiatives involving several companies, or for circular businesses, we recommend setting up a preliminary consultation with the 'Omgevingsdienst Noordzeekanaalgebied'. At least six months before the planned submission of the permit.


The steps in the permit process

There are 5 steps in the permit process:

  1. Discussing the initiative
  2. Preparing an application
  3. Submission of final application
  4. Assessment request
  5. Final single permit

In the guide to permit application 'For a smooth and good permit process in the Amsterdam port' you will find information about the process and the necessary permissions in the Amsterdam port.

Guide permit application (pdf)

Get in touch, we'll be happy to help.

Roon van Maanen

Roon van Maanen

Head Energy & Circular Industry
Jeroen Lotze

Jeroen Lotze

Head Real Estate & Cruise

What can we do for you?

We will advise you on the licensing procedure. We will be happy to explain the procedures and put you in contact with experts who can help you further.

The permit application guide explains the role and responsibility of all involved parties.

Guide permit application (pdf)

More questions? Feel free to contact your account manager. He or she will be happy to help you.


External advisors

Do you need advice when applying for permits? If so, we would like to refer you to a number of companies that have also assisted other clients in applying for their permits.

You can find the external advisors in the Portle business directory. This list is based on our experience or that of clients. Of course, there are also other advisors who can help you.

Go to external advisors


Nitrogen deposits in Natura 2000 area

As initiator or consultant, would you like to apply for a permit in the Westpoort and Hoogtij region? Then take the Nature Conservation Act and the Natura 2000 areas into account. Especially when it comes to nitrogen deposition. View all the information you need.

Information about nitrogen deposits


The Environment Act

From 1 January 2022, the Environment Act will enter into force. It consists of all the laws of the living environment in a modern look. The new law will take care of:

  • Fewer and clearer rules
  • A coherent approach to the environment
  • Room for local customisation and better and faster decision-making

Also check out the message about what will change for you as a result of this environmental law.

This will change for you

Would you like to know more? Take a look at the website about environmental law.

Website about environmental law