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Public order and safety (General Municipal By-law)

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In Dutch municipalities, you will have to observe the General Municipal By-Law (Algemene Plaatselijke Verordening, APV). It lays down the municipal regulations with respect to public order and safety. It also states whether a permit is needed for certain activities. Every municipal authority has its own APV, which is often made available via the municipal website. The APV applies to everyone who resides in the municipality.

What is the General Municipal By-Law (APV)?

The APV describes various regulations related to public order and safety in your municipality. These regulations cover the following matters:

Public order and safety

Protection of the environment and natural beauty

Other matters subject to municipal regulation

Regulations for the retail sector

The following issues referred to in the APV apply to the retail sector:

Regulations for the hotel and catering sector

The following issues referred to in the APV apply to the hotel and catering sector:

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