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Applying for a market trader's licence

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In the Netherlands, if you want to trade from a stall or a van, on or along a public road, you need a market trader’s licence. Read more.

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Do you want to trade from a stall or a van, on or along a (public)? You need a market trader's licence (standplaatsvergunning). You apply for a market trader’s licence to the municipality where you want to set up your stall.

Which market trader’s licence do you need?

Each municipality can issue different types of market trader’s licences. In most case this concerns:

  • Permanent market trader’s licence: you sell goods or food regularly from a stall or sales van. For instance flowers, coffee, or snacks.
  • Seasonal market trader’s licence: you sell goods or food in a specific season (usually during a few weeks), for example ice-cream or Christmas trees
  • Incidental market trader’s licence: you sell or give away goods or food occasionally (for example 3 days in a row). For instance sample products or promotional material for a political party

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