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Conditions for a Bed and Breakfast

You need a permit to run a Bed and Breakfast. If you meet the following conditions, you can apply for an environmental permit (“Acting contrary to spatial planning rules”):

  • a maximum of 30% of the total combined ground floor area of the home (including the annexes and outbuildings), up to a maximum of 50 m², may be furnished for the facility
  • a maximum of four sleeping places in no more than two separated rooms may be used for overnight accommodation
  • the operator is the main resident and must actually live there
  • the rooms form part of the main building or an annex or extension forming part of it
  • advertising in the form of 1 name indication or logo with a length of no more than 1 metre and a surface area of no more than 0.50 m² in the form of non-protrusive facade advertising is permitted and such signs must not be illuminated
  • the activity must not lead to parking and traffic congestion
  • the activity must not cause nuisance or inconvenience to the residential environment
  • The assessment of the degree of nuisance should also include the type of housing and the character of the neighbourhood or district
  • sufficient storage space must remain in or near the home

Laws and regulations

  • Policy rule “Bed and Breakfast in Leeuwarden 2016”

You can view the laws and regulations of the City of Leeuwarden via the national facility Overheid.nl.