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Establishing a Business Improvement District (BIZ)

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

You can establish a Business Improvement District (Bedrijven Investeringszones, BIZ) in cooperation with fellow entrepreneurs. A BIZ is a defined area in a business park or shopping area in the Netherlands. Entrepreneurs in this area invest in an attractive and safe business environment, in a joint fashion.

Obligatory BIZ levy

The entrepreneurs pay a levy to the municipal authorities for this purpose. The municipal authorities, in turn, make the proceeds available to the association or foundation implementing the activities. All entrepreneurs in the BIZ have to pay the BIZ levy. For this reason, at least half of the entrepreneurs have to have had their sayExternal link (in Dutch) about the plan to set up a BIZ, and two thirds of them must support the plan. The amount due depends on the WOZ value.

Activities of a BIZ

The activities of a BIZ are meant to complement those of the municipal authority and include, for instance:

  • improving traffic infrastructure
  • signage
  • green spaces
  • waste collection
  • lighting
  • cleaning
  • maintenance
  • repair of damage
  • fire safety
  • graffiti removal
  • increasing safety by means of measures such as additional surveillance, fences and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras

Any further questions?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

+31 (0)88 602 44 44

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency