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Government information for entrepreneurs


What does BGOV do and who does it serve?

Business.gov.nl is the Point of Single Contact (PSC) website for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in, or do business with the Netherlands. Business.gov.nl is the official Dutch government website for general information about doing business in the Netherlands: laws, rules, regulations, subsidies, and more. For specific information, e.g. procedures and applications, we connect you to our partners. Together we offer a single unified answer from the Dutch public sector about doing business in the Netherlands.

How can I register my company?

You must register your company at the office of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel, KVK). Upon registration you will receive a KVK number, a VAT number and, depending on your legal structure, an RSIN number. The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce operates by appointment only. You can easily schedule an appointment onlineExternal link.

Where can I find information about starting a business in the Netherlands?

On our website we provide general and sector-specific checklists for entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the Netherlands. You can also watch our webinar Starting a business in the Netherlands in which we answer questions like:

  • When do I need a visa or permit, and how can I get one?
  • What do I need to start a business in the Netherlands?
  • How do I register my business at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce?
  • What taxes do I have to pay in the Netherlands?

How can I get help with starting my business?

There are many organisations and institutions that help entrepreneurs grow their business in the Netherlands. For example, the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce organises regular seminarsExternal link for entrepreneurs who are still working on their business plan or who have just started. As an innovative startup, you can also get advice from mentors or coaches. If you want information about financing your business, you can watch our webinar Financing your business in the Netherlands, in which we discuss topics such as:

What do I need to do before coming to the Netherlands as an entrepreneur?

If you want to come to the Netherlands as an entrepreneur or self-employed professional, you need to make sure you have the correct permits and/or visa and that you meet all of the conditions. On this page you can find more information on the rules and regulations that may be applicable to your situation.

Why are some documents and external websites only available in Dutch?

Not all external websites and documents that we link to on BGOV are (fully) translated into English. And although we try to provide information in English that is up-to-date and accessible to all our visitors, we cannot translate everything ourselves. Contact the organisation that has published the information for help. Alternatively, you can try using an online translation tool or translation software.

Where can I find more information about business taxes?

On our page Paying taxes in the Netherlands you can find general information on business taxes that you may have to deal with when running a business in the Netherlands. You can find more detailed information in our Business tax issues section.

I still have questions, whom do I contact?

On our Contact page you can find a list of organisations that you can contact in case you have any further questions. If you have any comments or questions about our website, you can send us an email at editor@business.gov.nlExternal link. We do not reply to any business inquiries or questions regarding business advice or procedures.