Fewer rules for businesses
Published: 29 May 2012 Modified: 04 June 2012
It will become easier for businesses in The Hague to apply for a permit in the future. The Municipality of The Hague is changing certain required permits into general rules.
Examples include the permits for terraces and sidewalk display. The municipality would like to improve its service to businesses in the city. The plans were drawn up by The Hague Municipal Executive (college van burgemeester en wethouders).
Red Tape project
Eliminating unnecessary rules is part of the so-called Red Tape project which was set up in 2008. Since then various rules have already been abolished, such as the street trader's license and the exemption for rubble containers. Permits and licenses have also been simplified for running a cafe or restaurant, pulling down buildings and cutting down trees. The municipality intends to abolish or simplify even more rules this year.
Bottlenecks in rules
The municipality will work together with local businesses to determine other bottlenecks in the rules. It will also enter into talks with the national government to evaluate whether all of the national rules are truly necessary, for example for the catering industry and the construction sector.