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Establish a Catering Company in the Netherlands

Updated on Wednesday 06th December 2017

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Establish-a-catering-company-in-the-NetherlandsThe Netherlands is one of the most welcoming countries in Europe for those interested in relocating here for business or employment purposes. Moreover, most foreign citizen moving here for work usually end up by starting their own businesses at some point. This is how the Netherlands has become one of the “richest” countries in the EU when it comes to the number of startups registered in one year.

Among the best business ideas related to a startup are small shops, but also catering companies. If you are interested in starting a catering business, our Dutch company formation consultants can offer information on the legislation related to this type of activities.

Registering a catering business in the Netherlands

The first step to create a Dutch catering business is to register one of the business forms available under the Commercial Code. Sole proprietorships and limited liability companies are the most employed structures by those who establish catering companies in the Netherlands. Also, most of these businesses operate from the owner’s home. No matter the place where the catering company operates from, the same food and fodder hygiene regulations imposed by the Dutch legislation must be respected. Moreover, the company must obtain an operating license for a catering establishment.

Our company registration advisors in the Netherlands can assist with the formation of the catering company.

Licenses for Dutch catering establishments

The operating license for a catering business implies obtaining several permits under one application procedure, which is one of the greatest advantage of setting up this type of business in the Netherlands. The following permits can be obtained when applying for an operating permit for a catering establishment:

  • -          a food and drink permit;
  • -          a license for serving alcohol;
  • -          a license to offer sale demonstrations;
  • -          a terrace permit, if the catering business creates a space where food is served.

Not all these permits are mandatory, as the business owner can choose which the licenses depending on the services offered.

If you are interested in starting a catering business in this country and need assistance, do not hesitate to contact our company formation agents in the Netherlands.



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