When you start a business, you may need one or more permits or licences. For instance, for serving alcohol, or for renovating your business premises. Find out where to go.
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When do you need a permit or licence?
In many cases, you will need a permit. For instance, when you open a café or when you want to build or extend a business location. You may also need a permit to put up advertising.
Permits to work and stay in the Netherlands
Permits for your sector
The checklists on this website will help you identify the permits and licences you need to apply for in your business sector. For instance, if you want to establish a taxi company.
All-in-one permit for physical aspects
Do you want to expand or renovate your factory or offices? Or put up a neon sign? You will need an all-in-one permit for physical aspects. You can apply for this collective permit for a number of activities relating to your business premises and environment: building, cutting down trees, putting up advertisements, and environmental impact. To apply for an all-in-one permit for physical aspects, go to the (Dutch) online Omgevingsloket.
Get a native speaker to help you
If you are not a native speaker of Dutch, you may find the online Omgevingsloket hard to navigate. You will need to answer many detailed questions about the activity you need the permit for. So, find someone who is a native speaker of Dutch to help you.