Cost coverage

The central principle when setting fees is cost coverage; the municipality may only recover the costs incurred in evaluating and processing the application. However, every municipality has a different overhead structure and this is not always transparent. Fees also depend on the size of the application.

These two factors ensure that there is often a lack of clarity about the cost coverage of the fees. On the one hand, clients are concerned that they are paying too much building fees, while on the other hand, municipalities spend a lot of time checking the fees. In order to eliminate the uncertainty about building fees on both sides, IGG has developed two products that provide better insight into the cost coverage of fees.

Easily calculate the cost coverage of building fees

Both clients and municipalities have an interest in that building fees can be easily checked. If the fees exceed the objective of cost recovery, builders and project developers are duped. If the fee for an application is too low, the municipality will be left with an unsecured cost item.

IGG offers contractors, developers and clients an accessible online tool to check the cost coverage of fees. The fees of all Dutch municipalities are analyzed and compared annually at In addition, you can easily calculate the fee for your application via the user-friendly calculation module. This way you can determine whether your municipality charges you the correct fees.

IGG has developed a building cost check for municipalities. Inspectors can use the online calculation module to determine whether the specified construction costs are correct and thus to see more quickly whether the estimated fee meets the requirement of cost coverage. This tool saves municipalities a lot of time and offers them a strong position in discussions about fees.

Do you have questions about the cost coverage of local fees?

Get started right away with one of our tools, or contact IGG for customized professional advice.

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Arno Vonk MRICS

Directeur / Senior bouw economisch adviseur

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John Koks

Senior bouw economisch adviseur / Projectcoach

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Mario van Veen

Bouw economisch adviseur / Projectleider

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Yuk Ling Chung

Bouw economisch adviseur

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Marc Hengstmangers

Directeur / Senior bouw economisch adviseur

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Hans Smit RKN

Register kostenmanager (RKN) / Projectcoach

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