We have extensive experience of administrative law here at TRC Advocaten. A great deal of expertise has been gained in the field of planning and zoning law in particular, an area of law that is also known as environmental law today.

We act for public institutions, semi-public institutions, project developers, companies and private individuals too.

Environmental law is gaining an ever greater role in society today and an increasing number of connections are becoming evident between this branch of law and civil law. Public-private contracts are a good example of this development.

It is clear that regulations are changing at an ever faster rate and are gaining in complexity too. Environmental law in particular is subject to a continual flow of new regulations: so much so that the introduction of the well-known Article 19 procedure no longer seems like a new development. After extensive amendments to the Spatial Planning Act (Wet ruimtelijke ordening) and the introduction of the Environmental Permitting (General Provisions) Act (Wet algemene bepalingen omgevingsrecht), the government is now working on the new Environment & Planning Act (Omgevingswet). Naturally, we are closely following every development in this respect.

We guide spatial developments, advise on them and, where necessary, conduct proceedings in court and/or with the Administrative Jurisdiction Division at the Council of State. Administration law also involves mediation processes.

Our work in the field of environmental law includes:

  • preliminary planning decisions
  • the relocation of companies or residential properties
  • compulsory purchases
  • anterior development agreements
  • competence agreements
  • other agreements, contracts and general terms and conditions
  • PPP contracts
  • enforcement disputes
  • proceedings about judicially imposed penalties and/or fines
  • legalisation processes
  • planning blight and compensation for the losses resulting from administrative acts
  • lawful and unlawful government acts
  • zoning plan procedures
  • exemption procedures
  • the single environmental permit
  • notifications
  • the Activities Decree (Activiteitenbesluit)
  • the Environmental Management Act (Wet milieubeheer)
  • second opinions
  • public enquiries
  • court proceedings or proceedings before the Administrative Jurisdiction Division at the Council of State
  • ·neighbour disputes
  • the Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wet Openbaarheid Bestuur (WOB))
  • charges
  • the construction and alteration of residential properties andcommercial buildings
Our lawyers will be only too pleased to help you with any of these issues, whether you wish to institute legal proceedings, want advice, a second opinion or mediation, or help with any of the procedures applicable.

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