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Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act (Bibob)

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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. If you have a criminal record, government bodies may refuse the licence or subsidy or reject your bid for the contract.

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 questionnaireExternal link (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.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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