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In the Netherlands, shops may be open on working days and Saturdays from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm. This also applies to market and street trade (itinerant trade). Your shop must be closed on Sundays and the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, 4 May (Remembrance Day) and 24 December, your shop must be closed after 7.00 pm.
Sunday and late-night openings
Your municipality determines the number of Sunday openings. 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 this 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 10.00 pm (late-night opening).
Exemption for Sunday openings
Some shops may open on Sundays and public holidays (e.g. petrol stations and shops in hospitals and museums). The municipal authorities can determine that shops may also be open between 10 pm and 6 am.
Proposed changes to opening hours
As of 1 April 2019, shop owners will no longer obliged to adhere to changes to obligatory opening hours made without their prior consent. If you are a shop owner who has signed a contract to open during evening shopping, you will be obliged to stick to this arrangement. However, shop owners cannot be forced to open for longer hours without their prior consent.
This measure was announced on Prinsjesdag 2018 (Budget Day) and is, of course, subject to it passing through the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament, as is the date of introduction.