Permit to be required for sex work

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: not yet known

What changes?

Do you work in the sex industry? All sex workers, prostitutes and owners and operators of sex businesses, will be required to have a permit. Prostitutes without a permit are in offence. This also applies to operators who run sex businesses without a proper licence.

Permit requirement

All forms of commercial sexual services will need a permit. This also applies to escort services and independent sex workers (‘home prostitutes’).


To be eligible for a permit a prostitute should:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • be sufficiently self-reliant to practice their profession safely
  • have a phone at their disposal during work

The permit will be personal, have a unique number and will be valid countrywide.

National register

A national register of sex business with a permit will be set up. There will also be a register of prostitution permits.

For whom?

  • sex businesses (brothels, clubs, escort companies, sex cinemas, massage salons)
  • sex workers


It is not yet known when the Regulation of sex work Act (Wet regulering sekswerk, WRS) will come into force.

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 the Staatscourant (in Dutch).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO