Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act (Bibob)

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Do you want to bid for a government project? Or are you applying for a subsidy? The government may want to investigate your or your company's background. This screening is based on the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act (Bibob).

Public authorities may request a background check to assess the criminal risks regarding permits and other governmental decisions. If they determine such a risk, the public authority may refuse or revoke a permit or other decision.

In the event of a criminal record or obscure financial structures the permit, the subsidy or contract may be refused. This prevents authorities from facilitating criminal activities.

A background check happens in the following situations:

  • you request a permit or subsidy
  • you bid for a government contract
  • you buy immovable goods from the government
  • you sell immovable goods to the government

Licence application to a municipality

If, for example, you apply to the municipality for a liquor and catering licence or a licence to operate a catering establishment, the municipality may ask you to fill in a Bibob questionnaire (Bibob-vragenformulier, in Dutch). The municipality will then use the details submitted to assess the integrity of your company or the people involved in your company.

You have 14 days to send the completed form to the municipality. The municipality will then use the details submitted to assess the integrity of your company or the people involved in your company. They may for instance ask the police or the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) for information about your investors.

A Bibob screening takes 8 weeks. If the government body has not completed the screening by then, another 4 weeks will be added.

Application Bibob advice

Does the municipality have doubts in relation to your company’s integrity? They can ask for advice from the Bibob office (Landelijk Bureau Bibob, LBB, in Dutch) as part of a more detailed investigation.

You will be informed accordingly before the investigation starts. The Bibob office will then give advice to the municipality. The screening by the Bibob office may take up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

You can not object to the advice given by the Bibob office. You can object to the government body if they refuse or revoke a licence or subsidy. You must submit a notice of objection no later than 6 weeks after you received the decision.

Online submission procedure via Message Box

If you have to complete a Bibob questionnaire for a procedure subject to the Services Act, you can submit this form also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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