Government support for entrepreneurs

Guide for starting a private security firm

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you want to start a security firm in the Netherlands, you must contend with various government rules and regulations. You can use this guide to quickly determine which obligations you must fulfil. Thia guide serves merely as a guideline. You may need to fulfil other obligations as well.

1. Check whether you fulfil the conditions for staying in the Netherlands

Entrepreneurs who intend to stay in the Netherlands must fulfil a number of conditions. You will sometimes also require a residence permit.

3. Apply for a private security firm licence

You need a licence to establish a private security firm. Managers of a security firm also need separate ministerial consent.

4. Apply for special proof of identity for your employees

Your employees must carry special proof of identity. You can submit an application for this proof of identity to the police force in the police district where your firm or agency is located.

5. Apply for approval of your uniforms

All employees that carry out security activities are required to wear a uniform that has been approved by the Minister of Security and Justice. Your uniform must bear the prescribed 'V' emblem.

6. Comply with the collective labour agreement (CAO) for private security firms

You are required to comply with the collective labour agreement for private security firms. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment has declared this CAO universally binding for your sector.

7. Register with the Dutch Business Register and Dutch Tax Administration

New businesses must be registered with the Dutch Business Register. They will pass on your details to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You therefore do not need to register separately with them.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Netherlands Enterprise Agency +31 (0)88 602 44 44