Town planning and regional development

Planning permission

Companies and private individuals must obtain planning permission for some acts or kinds of work.

Planning permission authorises you to go ahead with certain building, renovation, extension and demolition work. It also has to be obtained when you want to use a plot of land for certain types of activity or change the designated use of a building or other premises.

To find out whether you need to apply for planning permission, contact:

  • your architect;
  • the town planning department of the appropriate local authority;
  • the Region in question.

The rules and regulations governing planning permission is fairly complex because it is a matter for the regional authorities. 

The validity of planning permission

In principle, planning permission is valid for an unlimited period, and the designated use set out in the planning permission remains authorised until it has been superseded by subsequent planning permission.

However, in some cases the duration of its validity is limited to between 1 and 9 years. This is the case for:

  • outdoor advertising and company signs;
  • the storage of one or more used vehicles or of scrap, building materials or equipment and waste;
  • parking for vehicles, including those used for advertising purposes;
  • etc.

To find out more, don’t hesitate to contact the relevant regional departments:

Brussels-Capital RegionExternal link

Walloon RegionExternal link (French)

Flemish RegionExternal link (Dutch)