One wants a new conservatory, the other is ready for a luxurious home office. Then you can of course move within The Hague, but sometimes a renovation is sufficient. Are you going to work in the near future? Then make sure you arrange the following before you hit the hammer in the wall!

Finding out a zoning plan

Your DIY project starts with the zoning plan, you may not just carry out some renovations. This sounds a bit heavier than it is, but don’t worry: you have the green light in almost all cases.

The zoning plan can be seen as a kind of script for a city district. Here you will find, among other things, the building plans in Moerwijk or the Dreven and what will happen to that building that would have been built for Central Station years ago.

This is the function of the zoning plan

In the zoning plan you will also find how large a building object may be, how far you have to go from the boundary remain during a renovation and so on. In short: you have to go through this information before you engage a contractor from The Hague.

Do your plans not comply with the zoning plan?

Then that does not immediately mean the end of your renovation. Exceptions are possible, please contact the municipality.

Source: Central government / Watmagik bouw.nl.

Photo: indebuurt

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View the welfare requirements of the municipality

Each municipality has so-called welfare requirements, including the municipality of The Hague. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that buildings are safe and fit within the environment. In other words: your building plans should not deviate too much from the street scene. In addition, it is also determined here how high a building may be. This is useful to know if, for example, you want to build an extra floor on your site.

Front of your house in The Hague

You have to do a lot with the welfare requirements when you tackle your facade, because that affects the street scene. For example, you may not just have an extra window placed at the front of your house. If you build a conservatory at the back of the house, you usually have less to do with the welfare requirements.

Living in a monument

Do you live in a monument in The Hague, for example on the Bierkade? Then the welfare committee may be extra critical. This also applies to homes in a protected cityscape, such as in the city center, but also outside it. In those cases, the committee pays attention to, for example, colours, materials and design. There is therefore a good chance that you will not find a apple green house in the Zeeheldenkwartier.

Source: Central government / ArchitectDirect / Fidelity.

stadswandeling zeeheldenkwartier zeeheldenwandelingA mural in the Zeeheldenkwartier. Photo: indebuurt

Check building regulations

Do you think you’re done after the previous steps? Then you’re wrong. You also have to take building regulations into account, although this is something that architects and DIY teams sort out for you.

The building regulations are important for DIY jobs. This is very broad, but a few parts related to this: