Logo of the Dutch government

Door-to-door selling and street trade

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO | Statistics Netherlands, CBS

Do you sell outside of a salesroom or shop? For instance door-to-door? You must keep to more rules than when selling from a shop or salesroom. You must, for instance, inform your customer clearly.

What is door-to-door sales?

Door-to-door sales is any type of sales of products or services from outside an official sales area such as a shop or salesroom. This kind of sale includes:

  • door-to-door sales
  • street sales
  • sales demonstrations (for example during special bus trips)
  • sales parties (hosted in someone's home)

If you wish to sell over the phone or via a web shop, you must inform your customer that these type of sales are not considered to be 'sales outside of a salesroom or shop' (like door-to-door sales), but distance sales (verkoop op afstand).

Rules for entering into an agreement

Do you enter into an agreement outside your shop or salesroom? You must record the sale in an agreement and you must make sure your customer receives the relevant information. You have to give information on among others:

  • the total costs
  • the product or service itself
  • delivery
  • contact details of your company
  • duration of contract
  • cancellation

Please note: You may need a street trader’s licence from your municipality to sell door-to-door.

Statistics: number of companies

Total number of street trade and colportages companies

This article is related to:

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Statistics Netherlands, CBS
FAQPartnersContactAbout usDisclaimerPrivacy & CookiesAccessibilityOndernemersplein (Dutch) is an initiative of:Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVOImmigration and Naturalisation Service, INDTax and Customs Administration, BelastingdienstGovernment.nlStatistics Netherlands, CBSNetherlands Vehicle Authority, RDWDigital Trust CenterEuropean Commission Point of Single is the Dutch Point of Single Contact for entrepreneurs.Accessibility level: W3C WAI-AA WCAG 2.1