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The purpose of urbanism is to help improve the quality of life in the Brussels-Capital Region.

The main tasks of the Direction de l'Urbanisme of Brussels Urban Development 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 the non-profit organisation Centre urbain.

Brussels Regional Public Service
Brussels Urban Development
Direction de l'Urbanisme
Rue du Progrès 80/1, 1035 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 204 23 77
Fax: +32 (0)2 204 15 23
Online: (FR/NL)

Counter of Homegrade
Halles Saint-Géry
Place Saint-Géry 1, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 219 40 60
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 35 91
Online: (FR/NL)