Permit for occupation of the public waterway system

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To combat the Covid-19 pandemic, several measures have been taken with regard to navigation on the Moselle River.

Any development or construction work on the public waterway system requires prior authorisation in the form of an occupation permit. That prior authorisation is issued by the Department of Navigation (Service de navigation), and determines the conditions for the installation, development and operation of buildings and facilities.

Who is concerned

The following information applies to any person intending to carry out or transform any development or construction work on the public waterway system.


Any building and facilities to be erected or any works to be carried out on the public waterway system is subject to authorisation.

The installation can only become operational after a site visit and approval of the installation or structure by the Department of Navigation.


The permit application must be sent to the Department of Navigation no later than 60 days before the intended date of occupation.

How to proceed

Filing an application

The permit application is to be sent in triplicate to the Department of Navigation.

The application must state:

  • the surnames, first names, capacity and address of the applicant if they are a natural person or, if the application is being lodged by a legal person, its company name, purpose and corporate headquarters, along with the surnames, first names, roles, addresses and powers of the signer of the application and, if applicable, the details of the person or persons authorised to represent the legal person in its dealings with the administration;
  • the purpose and specifications of the installation or building, and the description of the construction technique;
  • the intended site for the installation, and the ownership status of the land.

It must be accompanied by:

  • a site plan on a 1/1000, 1/2000 or 1/500 scale;
  • construction plans for the installation or building, projected on the appropriate scale, including a horizontal view and longitudinal and transverse cross-sections;
  • a recent cadastral map (extract from the land register);
  • design calculations relating to the mechanical strength, buoyancy and stability of the installation;
  • the number of each cadastral parcel affected by the application.

The application or a modification must be sent, with proof of payment of the tax, to the Department of Navigation:

N.B.: Receipt of all permit applications will be acknowledged in writing. If the application is incomplete, the Department of Navigation will send a letter, inviting the applicant to complete it, stating which documents still need to be provided.


The amount of the tax is determined as follows:

  • EUR 50: filing fee, payable when lodging an application for a permit for occupation of the public waterway system;
  • EUR 30: fee for modification or extension of a permit for occupation of the public waterway system.

The tax must be paid by bank transfer to the account: IBAN LU76 1111 0007 7596 0000, Administration de l'Enregistrement, des Domaines et de la TVA, Bureau Diekirch Domaines, including the following mandatory information: Department of Navigation, Applicant's name, Permit filing/modification fee, Year.

Any occupation is also subject to an annual land use charge. The annual land use charge is calculated on the basis of the nature of the authorised installation, the length of the river bank allotted for it and the nature of the planned activity (activity connected or unconnected to the waterway, commercial or non-profit activity).


Unless a specific exception is stated, an occupation permit is valid for 5 years.

The permit expires on its stated expiry date or when it is discovered that the installation has been abandoned or that the rights granted under the permit are no longer being exercised.

The permit lapses if the installations, buildings, works or authorised activities were not begun, completed or brought in to operation within the time period set in the authorisation.


A one-off charge must be paid upon application for an extension of an existing permit for occupation of the public waterway system.

Forms / Online services

Demande en obtention d'une autorisation d'occupation du domaine public fluvial

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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