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Ban on year-end fireworks

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 15 December 2021

What changes?

Are you active in the fireworks sector? There will be a temporary ban on year-end fireworks for the turn of the year 2021-2022. Sales of consumer fireworks is prohibited in December 2021.

This temporary ban on fireworks does not apply to category F1 fireworks. F1 fireworks are novelty fireworks such as for instance sparklers, snaps and small fountain type fireworks.

Support for businesses

The fireworks sector will be compensated for the safe storing of unsold fireworks and for the transport to safe storage sites. Sellers of fireworks will also be compensated for lost earnings. The exact compensation measures are being worked out.

For whom?

  • sellers of fireworks
  • importers/distributors of fireworks


This change in the Fireworks decree (Vuurwerkbesluit) is expected to enter into force on 15 December 2021. The measure is temporary and will end on 2 January 2022.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).

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