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If you apply for a licence or a subsidy in the Netherlands or if you bid for a government contract, government bodies may 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.
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.
Application Bibob advice
If the municipality has doubts in relation to integrity, they can ask for advice from the Bibob office (Justis Department, Ministry of Justice and Security) as part of a detailed investigation. You will be informed accordingly before the investigation starts. The Bibob office will then give advice to the municipality.
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.