The requirement of a road-building permit (permission de voirie) for the installation of temporary or permanent structures adjacent to the public railway network is aimed at improving the safety of the railway users.
Any natural or legal person planning to carry out development or construction works alongside a railway track must apply for a road-building permit from one of the Regional Services of the National Roads Administration (Administration des ponts et chaussées).
A road-building permit for the railway network is required for any construction, planting or other works carried out on property bordering the railway line at a distance of less than 10 metres from the edge of the railway line.
No developments of any kind may be carried out at a distance of less than 2 metres from the edge of the railway line.
The outer edge of the railway line stops at either the edge of the embankment or the outer edge of the ditch. Failing this, the edge shall be considered to be located at 1.5 metres from the outer rail of the railway tracks.
Planned developments outside of this 10 metre limit are not subject to a road-building permit provided that they are carried out in compliance with the authorised procedures.
Specialised intermediaries (engineering offices, architects, etc.) can offer assistance with regard to the formalities to be completed with the administrations.
In exceptional cases, it is possible to submit a request for a permit in principle to one of the Regional Services of the National Roads Administration.
Businesses who intend to carry out infrastructure works along public roads, namely works concerning telecommunication, gas, electricity or water networks, etc., can consult the National Road Works Register before submitting their application for a road-building permit.
The register lets a business check if someone else has already planned a project on the same plot of land and hence enables said business to achieve cost reductions by sharing the cost for infrastructure works based on an agreement between 2 or more concerned businesses and other interested parties.
The person concerned must submit their application:
The person submitting the form needs to have:
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Two scenarios are possible:
The person filing the application is a new user on MyGuichet.lu and therefore does not yet have a private eSpace:
Creating an eSpace is a 2-step process that involves:
The person filing the application is already a MyGuichet.lu user and already has a private eSpace: they will need to create a new business eSpace.
The applicant will need to specify:
Once the application has been sent, applicants will receive an email notification and a message in the 'My messages' section of their MyGuichet.lu private or business eSpace.
The person concerned can submit their application by postal mail using the duly completed and signed relevant form (available under 'Forms / Online Services' below). The form must be sent to the territorially competent Regional Department of the National Roads Administration.
As soon as the application is received, an acknowledgement of receipt indicating the reference number allocated to the application and the name of the person in charge is sent to the applicant.
The competent Regional Service of the National Roads Administration sends a copy of the application to Luxembourg's national railway company (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois - CFL) for their opinion.
Where applicable, any modifications requested by the National Roads Administration must be made to the project.
A 3-month investigation period should be expected.
Each application for a road-building permit must be accompanied by the following documents:
Road-building permits for development works with a definitive purpose are valid for a period of 2 years. Within this period, the beneficiary of the permit must have commenced and terminated the authorised development and construction works.
An extension must be requested no later than 3 months after the end date indicated on the road-building permit in the following cases:
Only one extension per road-building permit may be granted.
The road-building permit does not release the applicant from having to obtain other permits which may be required, in particular when purchasing land or a building: