Introduction

Updated to: 09 October 2013

On July 1st 2010, Dutch Environmental Assessment legislation changed the EA system. This amendment modified the procedure of EIA/SEA. The  categories of plans, programmes and projects requiring an EIA or SEA, were not modified. This page describes the current EIA/SEA procedure (after July 1st, 2010).
In the Netherlands we distinguish (in addition to EIA and SEA) between:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment for (relatively) simple, straightforward permits: the simplified procedure;
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for complex decisions and SEA for plans and programmes: the full-fledged procedure.

Note that ‘simplified’ does not necessarily mean ‘easy’. For EIA, the type of permit determines whether the simplified or full-fledged procedure applies. For permits related to the Environmental Act and Mining Act for example, the simplified procedure suffices. For EIA for complex decisions, all projects which require an appropriate assessment on the basis of the Dutch Nature Conservation Act and all projects in which a government body is proponent (e.g. expansion airport, projects concerning the infrastructure, housing programmes) the full-fledged procedure is required.