What’s changing in Amsterdam this year?

Another year has passed and 2022 is well underway. The Dutch government has already made a number of changes to national legislation, but do you know what the new year has in store for the Dutch capital? Here is a quick overview of all the changes you can expect in Amsterdam in 2022.

Amsterdam tax in 2022

Every new year brings (slight) changes to taxation in Amsterdam, and 2022 is no different:

  • Waste tax increase: The annual tax for waste collection will increase to 331 euros for one-person households and 441 euros for multi-person households.
  • Reduced property taxes: Anyone who owns a home in Amsterdam will pay slightly lower taxes in 2022, with the tax rate dropping from 0.0428% to 0.0420%.
  • New Advertising Tax: In 2022, the municipality introduced a new tax on public advertising, in the hope that this will reduce the amount of advertising in public spaces.

Taxation and coronavirus

As announced in 2021, the municipality has relaxed some tax rules for businesses due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This year, the introduction of the event tax has been postponed again to January 2023. In addition, the municipality will not levy a tax on the use of public property for (extended) terraces and passenger boats.

Weesp joins the Municipality of Amsterdam

The town will get a little bigger this spring, as Weesp will officially join the municipality on March 24. Before this municipal merger, the town of Weesp will organize a week of activities to “show all Amsterdammers what it has to offer”.

Municipal elections on March 16

This year, the inhabitants of the Dutch capital will vote for their new city council, as well as for the district committee and the management committee of Weesp. The elections will take place on March 16 and the vote will also be open to expatriates.

Transport and traffic

January 1st brought a change to the city’s rules for Supplementary Public Transportation (AOV). From 2022, residents over the age of 75 will only be able to benefit from an AOV pass if they are disabled, and anyone using their AOV pass to travel in the RMV will now only be able to travel a maximum of 1,500 kilometers per year.

The new year also brings new environmental regulations for freight traffic and buses on the A10 ring road, which should hopefully reduce pollution and result in cleaner air.

Environment and nature

A so-called food forest (voedselbos) will be planted in the Amsterdamse Bos this fall. A food forest is designed to be a low-effort, biodiverse form of agriculture that requires little or no fertilizers or pesticides and provides sustainable food production.

The municipality is also working on the creation of a new public park in Amsterdam South East on the Gaasperdammertunnel, which should open in the spring.

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