Supporting regulations for floating developments

Submitted by Ase Johannessen | published 3rd Nov 2021 | last updated 16th Nov 2021
Bartels and Vedder floating development in the Netherlands


The Dutch legislation on floating development are in the frontline worldwide. In the Netherlands houseboats and other floating structures must comply with the regulations of a National Building Decree 2012 that came into force on 1 January 2015.   We republish here in Dutch this guide that maps out the bottlenecks in being able to comply with the technical regulations in the Building Decree 2012 as well as indicate how these can subsequently be resolved. In this guideline, alternative solutions are provided for the bottlenecks (determination) methods provided with which a builder of floating structures based on equivalence can request request. 

Target audience
This guide is intended for professionals who are involved in the design of a floating
development and with the application for an environmental permit. The sharing of this guideline to an international audience is because often in practice the Dutch guidelines are often applied as a help when there are none. The guide is aimed at new constructions and not for renovations where other rules apply.  


f - climate adaptation.

Additionally, for an overview of Dutch rules and regulations on floating structures, please refer to "Chapter 4 Regulatory framework for Living@Sea: urban perspective" in the EU-Horizon2020 Space@Sea research report, published in 2019 (see Table 4.2 on P.21) for relevant reports and hyperlinks.

Blue21, ICE Marine Design and MARIN are the key contributors to this report.