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Government information for entrepreneurs

Running a business from home

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO | Statistics Netherlands organisation, CBS

If you plan to run a business from home in the Netherlands, you must check whether your plan fits in with the local zoning plan. If it does, you usually need to report your plan to the municipal authority. In some municipalities, you will need a conversion permit (onttrekkingsvergunning). By issuing the conversion permit the municipal authority grants you permission to remove the home from the local housing stock and use it as a business space.

If the zoning plan does not allow you to register a home business at your location, you can apply for an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (omgevingsvergunning). You can also ask the municipality to change the zoning plan.

Income tax and VAT deductions for home businesses

A number of factors must be taken into account for income tax and VAT purposes, for example whether your business space is separate from your living space. This means does it have:

  • a separate entrance
  • separate toilet facilities
  • could you let it to a third party

If this is the case, you may be able to deduct some of the costs of the business part of your home. The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration's Home business deductions' calculator'External link (Rekenhulp Werkruimte in de woning, in Dutch) helps you to check which costs you may deduct.

Do you own or rent the house?

If you own the house and you have taken out a mortgage to finance it, take into account the provisions of the mortgage contract. If you are renting, take into account the provisions of the tenancy agreement.

If you use the house for business purposes only, and you own it, you will have to add the value of the house to your company assets. On the other hand, you can deduct several costs (energy, cleaning, decorating, etc.) from your company earnings. See business premises: privately owned or company assetsExternal link (in Dutch) for more information.

Number of self-employed professionals with a home business

The graph shows the number of self-employed professionals with a home business. This includes working inside, from and nearby home.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Statistics Netherlands organisation, CBS