What standards does my letterbox have to comply with ?

Private letterboxes essentially have to meet the following requirements:

  • Should there be multiple letterboxes for one and the same number, each letter box has to mention a separate box number.
  • Every letterbox has to have an aperture of at least 23 cm by 3 cm.
  • The lower edge of the aperture has to be situated at a minimum height of 70 cm and the upper edge of the aperture situated at a maximum height of 170 cm. In special cases (apartment buildings for instance) the height may differ but the lower edge of the aperture has to be situated at a minimum height of 40 cm and the upper edge of the aperture situated at a maximum height of 180 cm.
  • In principle, the letterbox should be large enough to receive a C4 size unfolded item (229 - 324 mm) with a 24 mm thickness without damage.
  • Access to the letterbox, as well as the aperture of the letterbox, has to be free, easy and without danger to the person making the delivery.
  • In principle the letterbox has to be be situated at the border of the public road but there are exceptions to this rule.

 

Should you wish a more detailed description as well as more information on the special cases and exceptions, we refer you to the BIPT Council communication of 13 November 2007 relating to the ministerial order pertaining to the regulation of private letterboxes.