Challenging a planning permission under the WABO (Wet algemene bepalingen omgevingsrecht) can be a daunting task for anyone. The WABO is a Dutch law that regulates all aspects of the physical environment, including planning and construction. The process involves a number of key steps that must be followed in order to successfully challenge a planning permission.

Step 1: Determine if You Have Standing

The first step in challenging a planning permission under the WABO is to determine if you have standing. This means that you must have a legal interest in the decision in order to challenge it. Typically, this means that you are a resident or business owner in the affected area. If you do not have standing, you cannot challenge the decision.

Step 2: Review the Decision

The next step is to review the decision that you want to challenge. You should obtain a copy of the decision and review it carefully. Look for any errors or omissions in the decision that could be used to challenge it. This may include failures to comply with legal requirements or to consider relevant factors.

Step 3: Gather Evidence

Once you have reviewed the decision, you should gather evidence to support your challenge. This may include expert reports or other documentation that supports your position. You may also need to gather witness statements or other evidence to support your case.

Step 4: File Your Challenge

The final step is to file your challenge with the appropriate court or administrative body. You will need to provide a statement of your case and the evidence that you have gathered. The court or administrative body will then review your challenge and make a determination based on the evidence presented.


Challenging a planning permission under the WABO can be a complex process, but by following these key steps, you can increase your chances of success. Remember to determine if you have standing, review the decision carefully, gather evidence, and file your challenge in a timely manner. With careful preparation and attention to detail, you can successfully challenge a planning permission under the WABO.


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