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Playground and amusement equipment in the Netherlands must comply with the safety requirements of the Amusement and Playground Apparatus Decree (Warenwetbesluit attractie- en speeltoestellen, WAS). You may only keep playground and amusement equipment which has a certificate of approval. You can have a foreign certificate converted to a similar Dutch one. An appointed inspection body has to test your equipment annually. You are not obliged to keep a logbook, but you do have to keep the inspection documents until the next inspection.
The WAS does not apply to playground equipment at private homes and small amusement equipment for a maximum of 3 persons (e.g. coin-operated children's rides at supermarkets).
Notification regarding amusement machines
If you assemble or install an amusement machine for the first time, you must notify the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA) accordingly. This does not apply, however, to small amusement machines intended for a maximum of 3 persons.
In some cases, you will need an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (omgevingsvergunning) if you want to install a piece of playground or amusement equipment. This depends on the zoning plan in your municipality and the height of the equipment.
Amusement equipment rental
If you rent out amusement equipment, you must include several documents, among others a manual, a spreadsheet for keeping records of maintenance and accidents and proof of the type approval. These documents must be kept with the equipment at all times by the operator.
Foreign amusement equipment
Operators of foreign amusement devices that are temporarily operational (maximum 14 days) in the Netherlands, must provide a written notification of the amusement device to the NVWA. For this, they have to complete the form for registering amusement devices at least 48 hours before it is first set up in the Netherlands.
Operators who set up foreign amusement devices at more than one fairground or who remain at one fairground for longer than 14 days are subject to the mandatory commissioning inspection and periodic inspections. They are required to comply with the same safety requirements as their Dutch counterparts.
Please note: The technical requirements that apply in the Netherlands to playground and amusement equipment differ from those of other EU Member States. If an item of playground or amusement equipment is already permitted in another EU Member State, the Dutch government may only prohibit its sale in the Netherlands in exceptional cases.