Permit to sell food from home

We will guide you through the process of obtaining the permit and licensure to sell food from home in a simple step-by-step process. Learn everything you need to know to become a home chef in the Netherlands and sell your food to the public.

Permit to sell food from home

This information is provided by the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK  

You must have a valid residence permit

If you originate from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you need a residence permit or startup visa to stay and start a business in the Netherlands.

Register for a citizen service number

You must have a citizen service number (Burgerservicenummer, BSN) if you want to register your business in the Netherlands. To get one, you must register with the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP) in your city of residence. 

Check if you need to register with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK

You only need to register with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK if you are an entrepreneur. You qualify as an entrepreneur if you supply goods or services independently, with the intention to make a profit. Online businesses can also qualify.

Find out if you qualify as an entrepreneur.

Your company needs a Dutch address

To register your company in the Dutch Commercial Register, you need to have a Dutch address. This can be your own address, if you have one, or a so-called zakenadres, for instance your accountant’s address or a virtual address. If you plan on establishing your company in the Netherlands, find business premises before you register at the KVK.

Choose a trade name for your Dutch business

The first step in your company registration process is finding a suitable trade name. Your Dutch business needs a company name when you register with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK. 

The Handelsregister – the Dutch Commercial Register

When you register at the KVK, your company will be listed in the Commercial Register or Handelsregister. Every Dutch company is listed there and everyone has access to check the register. Are you looking for a company, for instance to see if it is trustworthy? Then check the Commercial Register. Go to the KVK website and use the search function. This page is in Dutch. Fill in the name of the business you’re looking for in the frame underneath ‘Zoeken’, and press enter. All entries of companies bearing the name you entered will appear.

Tool for choosing a Dutch legal structure

If you want to set up a business, but you are in two minds about which legal structure to choose, use Tool for choosing a Dutch legal structure. It will guide you through some of the main considerations, such as liability, staff and taxes, and give you advice suited to your needs and wishes.

N.B.: Freelancer and zzp’er are not legal structures. If you freelance in the Netherlands or if you are a self-employed professional without personnel, you have the option to register as a sole proprietor or as a private limited company (besloten vennootschap, bv).

You may not need to register separately with the Tax and Customs Administration

New businesses must register with the Dutch Commercial Register at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK. If you register as a sole proprietor, the KVK will pass on your details to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst), who will issue you with a VAT identification number (BTW-id), to use for correspondence and invoices to your customers, and a VAT number (BTW nummer), to use for your dealings with the Tax Administration. You will receive these numbers from the Tax and Customs Administration by post. You will need to register separately with the Tax and Customs Administration.

Fill out the online form

You can prepare for your company registration with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK by filling out the form online as much as possible. You can think of:

  • your personal details;
  • your business contact details;
  • a company description.
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Make an appointment with the KVK

You can make an online appointment for your registration, or you can call +31 88 5851585 (press 9 for the menu in English). You have to come to one of the KVK offices in person to register if your business structure is a sole proprietor or a partnership. During the appointment, you’ll receive your Chamber of Commerce registration and KVK number. Upon registration, you pay a non-recurring (one-time) registration fee of 50 euros. You have to pay this fee directly with a debit or credit card. You cannot pay cash.

 Register in time

There are three possible moments to register with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK:

  • No later than one week after starting your business;
  • One week prior to starting your business;
  • Earlier. In that case, the registration (with the KVK-nummer, or Chamber of Commerce registration number) will become official one week prior to the start of your business. You don’t have to come to the Chamber of Commerce again.

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Food safety requirements

Home kitchens are not subject to restaurant licensure or a catering license provided the food is advertised as homemade. However, in the Netherlands, food trucks and any other businesses involved with food (including homemade food sellers) must meet national safety and hygiene requirements in order to safeguard consumer health.

They are required by law to formulate a food safety plan in line with the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. You can register online for the permit.

We recommend that all our chefs obtain the HACCP certification in order to sell home-cooked food to the public.

HACCP in questions and answers.

What is HACCP?

HACCP, or the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system, is a process control system that identifies where hazards might occur in the food production process and puts stringent actions into place to prevent hazards from occurring. By strictly monitoring and controlling each step of the process, there is less chance for hazards to occur.

Why is HACCP important?

HACCP is important because it prioritizes and controls potential hazards in food production. By controlling major food risks, such as microbiological, chemical, and physical contaminants, the industry can better assure consumers that its products are as safe as good science and technology allows. By reducing foodborne hazards, public health protection is strengthened.

How can you use HACCP?

As a home chef, you can implement HACCP-like practices at home by following proper storage, handling, cooking, and cleaning procedures. From the time you purchase meat or poultry from the grocery store to the time you cook and serve a meal, there are many steps you can take to ensure food safety. Examples include properly refrigerating meat and poultry, keeping raw meat and poultry separate from cooked and ready-to-eat foods, thoroughly cooking meat and poultry, and refrigerating and cooking leftovers to prevent bacterial growth.

In the Netherlands, if you prepare, process, treat or transport food or drinks for human or animal consumption, you must do this safely. You must have a plan based on the HACCP principles. This is an analysis of the risks involved and procedures for controlling these risks throughout the entire food production process.

If you have a home-based catering company or you are a home chef and use your kitchen in a professional as well as a private capacity, you must make a clear distinction between foodstuffs for catering and for yourself. Use different fridges, for example. Or write the text ‘private’ on products. 

HACCP certificate

Do you want to learn more about legal requirements regarding food safety and test your knowledge? We advise you to take a course and get a certificate. Please note that the Omelet App Team does not profit from any parties. We made this analysis for you, to help and guide you through the process.

Here are some examples where you can get a certificate.

1. Hygiënecode HACCP Video Training

Language: Dutch

Price: € 225, – All-in & VAT-free

Duration: 25 video lessons (duration +/- 3 – 4 hours in total)

Location: online

Link: https://hsn-horeca.nl/online-cursussen/haccp-online/

2. HACCP Course English

Language: English

Price: € 345, – All-in & VAT-free

Duration: 1 day (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Locations: Amsterdam, Utrecht

Link: https://hsn-horeca.nl/klassikale-cursussen/haccp-cursus-horeca-engels/

3. E-learning Hygiënecode HACCP (English)

Language: English

Price: € 195,00 included E-Learning access and examination fee (VAT-excluded)

Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Locations: online

Link: https://www.sho-horeca.nl/cursussen/sociale-hygiene-haccp-allergenen/e-learning-hygienecode-haccp-english/

4. E-learning Hygiënecode HACCP

Language: Dutch

Price: € 195,00 included E-Learning access and examination fee (VAT-excluded)

Duration: you follow the E-learning in your own time and at your own pace

Locations: online

Link: https://www.sho-horeca.nl/cursussen/sociale-hygiene-haccp-allergenen/e-learning-hygienecode-haccp/

5. HACCP training volgen van HorecaHero

Language: Dutch

Price: € 59,00 

Duration: 120 minutes

Locations: online

Link: https://www.horecahero.nl/trainingen/haccp/

6. HACCP (EN)

Language: English and Dutch

Price: € 69,00 

Duration: about 4 hrs.

Locations: online

Link: https://haccpdirect.nl/haccp-cursusaanbod/haccp-english/

7. Voedselveiligheid en HACCP

Language: Dutch

Price: € 54,50 including VAT

Duration: 1 day

Locations: online

Link: https://e-learning.cbtresultaatuitopleiden.nl/product/voedselveiligheid-en-haccp/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA1pyCBhCtARIsAHaY_5fpi5SoRqILdsrr85qjEN7dK3V0IWFJtqTzcMMioA9qdez996f-Q8MaApXbEALw_wcB

8. HYGIËNECODE HACCP

Language: Dutch

Price: € 159,- / 169,- plus certification costs € 25

Duration: 1 day

Locations: online or more than 20 locations in the Netherlands

Link: https://sociale-hygiene.nl/cursussen/training-hygienecode-haccp