Procedure shows the available offering of real estate, operating rights and commercial rights (e.g. rental, leasehold, ground lease, building rights, etc.) from the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency and other European public real estate agencies.

You can find more information on the procedures that are followed for sales and issuances below. These procedures apply exclusively to the offering of the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency and not to that of other authorities participating in

Sales Process

The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency uses a range of sale procedures. A brief explanation of the sale procedures that are employed by the Agency is provided below.

Public sale with/without preselection and (un)conditional bids
Under this sale procedure, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency offers interested market parties the opportunity to submit an unconditional bid or to make a bid with certain conditions attached.

There are several variants of this type of sale procedure - for example there may or may not be a preselection phase. Where applicable, a preselection is made from the interested parties on the basis of e.g. quality or financial/administrative requirements. Certain reference requirements may also apply (e.g., experience with similar projects). The parties selected are invited to submit a bid after the preselection phase.

Depending on the procedure used, in many cases a potential buyer will be able to submit both an unconditional and a conditional bid. With this conditional bid, the government gives the market the possibility of leaving part of the development risk associated with redevelopment objects with the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency.

When the bids have been submitted, the acceptability of the unconditional and conditional bids is assessed. Government Real Estate Agency looks primarily at the risks associated with the bid conditions in relation to the sum that has been offered. It will then determine what constitutes an acceptable bid and whether the object can be awarded, taking into account the necessary Bibob procedure

The purchase agreement can be signed after the terms have been finalised. The market party will then be given time to make any applicable conditions unconditional.


Sale through a real estate agent
The final method of sale involves the services of a real estate agent. This procedure is usually chosen when local market knowledge and networks can achieve a higher price. It is often used for objects such as shops and homes. In a sale through a real estate agent the Bibob procedure also applies.


Issuance Process

In addition to selling surplus government-owned real estate, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency also makes real estate (land, subsurface of water and buildings) available for use. We issue our real estate mainly via a public procedure. These procedures are objective and transparent. This allows equal opportunities for everyone.

The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency uses (standard) agreements, for the various types of commercial and operational rights, such as ground lease, leasing and rental rights. The type of agreement and the period of issue depend on the property and the use(s) that are involved.

Below is a brief explanation of the issuance procedures used by the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency for the use of government real estate:

  • Public tender
  • Proposal for agreement
  • Renting via an agent
  • Fuel station auctions

Public tender
One of the procedures used by the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency in the issuance of real estate is public tender. We do this, for example, for the lease grounds in the Ijsselmeer polders. As with sale, there are various ways of setting up the procedure for public tender: with or without preselection and possibly bidding under conditions. The bid book describes the procedure and the associated conditions for the location or the object.

With a public tender, the parties submit a bid before the closing date. Once the bids are made, the acceptability is assessed. The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency then grants the location to the party with the best bid.

Proposal for agreement
In specific cases, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency carries out the public procedure ‘proposal for agreement'. This procedure assumes a demand from the market or from another authority. The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency publishes its intention on to provide a location for use by a proposed party, unless other parties also show interest within a set time frame.

The parties which show interest as a result of the publication must be able to meet the same conditions to which the intended party is subject. These conditions are included in the publication on If other parties express their interest and can reasonably meet the conditions, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency Company will offer the location via public tender.

Renting via a real estate agent
Government real estate can also be rented through a real estate agent. This method is usually chosen when the use of local market knowledge and networks can be expected to help find a suitable tenant. This often concerns buildings, such as houses.

Fuel station Auctions
The Act pertaining to the auctioning of specific points of sale of fuel came into force on 31 July 2005. The aim of this law is to increase price competition in the market for fuel stations along the highways and to make the market more accessible. On the basis of a set schedule, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency auctions the rental rights for fuel stations (approximately 250 locations) along the highways. The term of these rental rights is 15 years. A lease agreement is concluded with the party which makes the highest bid in the auction.
The locations to be auctioned are published annually on All the information that is available is gathered into a bid book per location. A bid book can be purchased for €100. After submitting a request for access, a participant may take part in the auction. Once accepted, the participant must pay an entrance fee of €1,500 in advance. The auction takes place annually in September.

Land issue for energy generation
In a contribution towards achieving the targets set out in the Climate Agreement, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency is issuing land for renewable energy generation. When issuing state land for energy generation, we take into account the primary function of the land and look for opportunities to achieve social added value. Before we put land into use for the generation of renewable energy, the Central Government Real Estate Agency examines whether it is possible and desirable to generate energy in the specific location. We do this in consultation with other relevant authorities. In order to ensure that a project can be realised efficiently, the Central Government Real Estate Agency works closely with local and other authorities, which are responsible for spatial integration and public licensing.

For the generation of renewable energy we issue land to third parties, for example to a developer or residents' cooperative. We use an open tender procedure to select the party who will realise and operate the project, and we usually grant a right of superficies to the party selected to generate the renewable energy. We issue the land for an appropriate period, usually 20 years. The land fee charged to the market party depends on the established capacity. We set a fixed sum per Megawatt hour (MWh), which is indexed annually.