Trading hours

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In the Netherlands, shops may be open on working days and Saturdays from 06:00 to 22:00 hours. This also applies to market and street trade (itinerant trade).

Your shop must be closed after 19:00 hours on:

  • Good Friday
  • 4 May (Remembrance Day)
  • 24 December

Your local council may allow you to stay open later. You should check trading hours with your municipality.

Opening hours during corona

Since 19 December 2021 opening hours for shops are restricted.

Sunday shopping

Your municipality determines if Sunday openings are allowed and the number of Sunday openings. You are not obliged to open your shop for Sunday shopping.

Public holidays

Your shop must be closed on public holidays. Your municipality can allow opening on these public holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Exemption for Sunday openings

Some shops are exempt from the Trading hours act. These shops may always open be on Sundays and public holidays, for example:

  • petrol stations
  • shops in hospitals
  • shops in museums
  • shops in railway stations
  • shops in airports
  • pharmacies

Trading hours in a contract

Did you enter into a contract/rental agreement with an owners’ association (VvE), retailers’ association, or cooperative and does the contract state opening hours? You must keep to these opening hours. The trading hours in the contract cannot be simply changed by 1 of the parties. If you have agreed to certain opening hours in your contract, for example on Thursday evening (koopavond), you must keep to these opening hours.

Exemptions under the Trading hours act

If you want to open your shop outside the statutory opening hours, you will need an exemption under the Trading hours act. You can obtain an exemption from the municipal authorities. There are various types of exemptions:

  • Due to religious considerations, you want your shop to be open on Sundays instead of, for instance, Fridays.
  • You want your shop to be open on a Sunday to mark a special occasion, for example, to celebrate your shop's anniversary.
  • You want your shop to be open after 22:00 hours because you have a night shop.
  • You want a tourism exemption to stay open late during peak season.

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO