You are here:
26 April 2018 / article

Soil Data Bank finally available in Wallonia

The new Soil Data Bank is accessible to all since 9 April 2018.

Soil databank finally available in Wallonia

On 1 March 2018, the Walloon Parliament has adopted the Decree on soil management and soil remediation (Décret relatif à la gestion et à l’assainissement des sols), being a new version of the Walloon Soil Decree  which will enter into force on 1 January 2019. It namely implements the long-awaited "Soil Data Bank" (Banque de Données de l’Etat des Sols - BDES). The Soil Data Bank is accessible to all since 9 April 2018 and contains for each cadastral parcel the available data related to a potential soil pollution. This will allow anticipating on administrative procedures that would be required, particularly in the event of a transfer of land or permit application. The Soil Data Bank will be regularly updated with the results of future investigations.

Until 1 January 2019, the Soil Data Bank is available for information purposes only. As from 1 January 2019, some information contained in the Soil Data Bank will remain purely indicative but different obligations will also come into force : 

  • Soil investigation or remediation: the information available in the Soil Data Bank for a given plot may generate an obligation to proceed to a soil investigation or remediation, if a triggering event is encountered and provided that no derogation applies. Special measures from soil control certificates and / or attestation that are already issued could also be taken into account.
  • Provision of a certified copy of the Soil Data Bank information, i.e. in case of transfer of land or environmental permit application with regards to a risk facility or activity.


Extension of the scope of the Cayman tax for E.E.A. entities

Extension of the scope of the Cayman tax for E.E.A. entities

Since 2015, entities established in the European Economic Area (E.E.A.) were only targeted by the Belgian Cayman tax if they were included in a limitative 'blacklist'.... read more
First status update of Belgian DPA after six months of GDPR

First status update of Belgian DPA after six months of GDPR

The Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) has issued a first status update six months after the GDPR became applicable. The statistics show a remarkable increase... read more
Loyens & Loeff congratulates SeaMade on achieving financial close for its 487 MW offshore wind farm

Loyens & Loeff congratulates SeaMade on achieving financial close for its 487 MW offshore wind farm

We advised the lenders on the EUR 1.3 billion funding for the construction of the largest offshore wind farm financed and built in Belgium. read more
Stay informed

Don't miss out. Stay up to date about our latest news and events.

Subscribe