Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 202000075
Spatial Policy and Law
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000075
Credits (ECTS)2
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact J.A. Zevenbergen
prof.dr. S.M.M. Kuks
Contactperson for the course J.A. Zevenbergen
Lecturer J.A. Zevenbergen
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksPart of module 7 B-CE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Understand and apply legal and policy concepts and instruments that are relevant to area development
  • Understand the planning and building permission system as such is intrinsically complex, and involves many diverse stakeholders
  • Understand the special position of private land rights holders in area development
  • Understand the notions of public and private interest, and that they are not fully objective
This is a part of Module 7, Area Development of the Bachelor Civil Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.

During this course you will learn about the legal and policy context in which area development takes place. You will learn about property rights, public law, legal planning and permit instruments, balancing diverse interests, multi-level governance and the role of private sector developers. Specific attention will be given to the current Spatial Planning Act and the current and foreseen legislation regarding the Built Environment, adaptation to climate change and the way citizen can participate and/or object to protect their private or public interests. This component will be assessed by means of an individual exam and will be applied in the group project.

Additional information:
As it related to Dutch legislation, looking for real examples will run into the limitation of it being in Dutch only; normally students are asked to check the land use allowed (bestemming) for a home (of parents, family, self, ..), for non-Dutch speakers they need to look for something similar in their home or other country; a 0.5 point bonus for doing this will be given
A complete overhaul of the relevant legal system is under way. After several delays, its earlier announced enactment as of 1 January 2022 has been postponed again; likely for six months.

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact

Module 7
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
Required materials
mr. F.A.M. Hobma & mr. dr. P. Jong (2016) Planning and Development Law in the Netherlands: An Introduction ISBN 978-94-6315-012-5
documents uploaded to Canvas
Recommended materials
Instructional modes



Self study without assistance


Short uploadable document

Test Spatial Policy and Law

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