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If you want to start a security firm in the Netherlands, you must contend with various government rules and regulations. You can use this checklist to quickly determine which obligations you must fulfil. This checklist serves merely as a guideline. You may need to fulfil other obligations as well.
1. Check whether you fulfil the conditions for staying in the Netherlands
Entrepreneurs who intend to stay in the Netherlands must fulfil a number of conditions. You will sometimes also require a residence permit.
3. Apply for a private security firm licence
You need a licence to establish a private security firm. Managers of a security firm also need separate ministerial consent.
4. Apply for special proof of identity for your employees
Your employees must carry special proof of identity. You can submit an application for this proof of identity to the police force in the police district where your firm or agency is located.
5. Apply for approval of your uniforms
All employees that carry out security activities are required to wear a uniform that has been approved by the Minister of Security and Justice. Your uniform must bear the prescribed 'V' emblem.
6. Comply with the collective labour agreement (CAO) for private security firms
You are required to comply with the collective labour agreement for private security firms. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment has declared this CAO universally binding for your sector.
7. Register with the Dutch Commercial Register and Dutch Tax Administration
New businesses must be registered with the Dutch Commercial Register. They will pass on your details to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You therefore do not need to register separately with them.
Private security firms
Enterprise births of private security firms.