License to sell food from home

We will tell you how to obtain the permit and license to sell food from home, guided step by step. Learn everything you need to know to become a home chef in the Netherlands and sell your food to the public.

License to sell food from home

In the Netherlands there is no specific license to sell food from home. What you need is two permits : you need to followw food safety requirements.

Food handlers permit

In order to be a home cook in the Netherlands and exercice legally as a chef you need to obtain the food handlers permit. The food handlers license guarantees you have the minimum required knowloedge to ensure safety and good manipulation of the food.

This permit is very easy to obtain to the extent you can apply online or to your local administration directly. The cost of the food license depends on location but it remains relatively low and affordable for all pockets.

Food safety requirements

We recommand to all our chefs to btain the the HACCP license in order to sell your home cooked food to the public.

Home kitchens are not subject to a restaurant license nor 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.

If you really have trouble to do this we can assist you directlly. Just contact us through our contact form.