The main tasks of the Direction de l'Urbanisme of urban.brussels are:
- Ensuring the proper application of the regional planning regulations (FR/NL): the cornerstone of urban development with a human face, regulating the major aspects of daily life, including the characteristics of buildings and their approaches, housing habitability standards, building sites and roadworks
- Checking the conformity of planning or land parcelling permission/certificates granted by the communes
- Conducting environmental impact reports with regard to grants of planning or land parcelling permission
- Managing urban planning violations
- Handling appeals
- Informing the public bodies and the general public
Applying for planning permission
If you need planning permission – to turn a shop into an office, a salon into a butcher’s shop or a single family home into student accommodation – you’ll find all the information you need on urbanism rules in the Brussels-Capital Region on the website of Homegrade.
The website Bruciel gives an overview of the Brussels urbanization seen from the sky between 1930 and 2012.