business formation

Business Formation


Three important issues to consider before company registration:

SET UP your company in few steps

THE Dutch office services: 

Setting up your company in the Netherlands

Continuous Personal assistance

Office Rental /Domiciliation in Amsterdam or in Rotterdam

Branch registration

BSN Number

Dutch Business bank account services

Obtaining your VAT number and EORI number

Accountancy Services, VAT

Legal support

Business development, continuing support to run your business in the first years


Your own bookkeeper/accounter

TAX/BTW and annual repport

The fee for bookkeeping is depend to your kind of a business, invoicing etc.

Secretary servcices (obtional)

- Consulting, Tax, KvK

- Consulting adminstration and bookkeeping

- Representing your company in your absence

- Managing your mails and frowarding

- A local point for your business relation

- Finding staff and a local director

Appointments of Secretary, which will be responsible for the timely filing of any return or report. The secretary can also be authorized to sign certain contracts/transactions in case the privacy of the director must be protected. The service includes 12 hours of legal support, including preparation of director’s resolutions (for approval of the annual report, decision to pay dividends, name
change, change of board members, etc.) But most importantly, the fee includes the bank introduction and the application of the VAT number. A standard package for 2200 euro first year and after that 1500 euro annually. This way there will be no hidden fees at all in our services.

Rent an office

For your new registerd company in the Netherlands, choose between virtual address a share desk or independent office or even combine office and the storage.

Business Register

In the Netherlands registration in the Business Register is compulsory for every company and almost every legal entity. This means that the register is able to provide reliable answers to such questions as:

Does the company I want to do business with actually exist?

Is the person I am dealing with actually an authorised signatory?

What has happened to the company I used to do business with?

Provision of services in the Netherlands: 'cross-border' versus 'establishment'

If you are a resident from one of the countries within the European Economic Area (Europese Economische Ruimte, EER) or from Switzerland, you should be able to offer your services in the Netherlands without any legal or practical obstructions. You can do this either by establishing your company in the Netherlands or by offering your services in the Netherlands from within your own country.

No difference establishment and cross-border service

Regardless of what you choose, the rules that apply to the services provided by you are basically the same. Dutch legislation does not differentiate between foreign or Dutch service providers. The same is also true in terms of establishment versus temporary, cross-border service. In Dutch legislation, specific rules apply to the activity that you conduct. Who performs the activity or where this person comes from is considered not to be relevant.

Obviously, for certain activities or services, you must have an establishment in the Netherlands. This is true, for example, for running a cafe or setting up a childcare centre. In this case, there are differences in terms of laws and regulations and one must register their establishment in the Netherlands with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

Please note: Should Dutch legislation distinguish between Dutch and foreign service providers for a specific activity, or between established and temporary, cross-border service, we will explicitly mention this on this website.



10 Steps

1. Check whether you fulfil the conditions for staying in the Netherlands

Entrepreneurs who intend to stay in the Netherlands must fulfil a number of conditions. You will sometimes also require a residence permit.

2. Select a legal form

Owners of a new business must first select a legal form (e.g. one-man business or a private limited company). The legal form determines such issues as liability and tax obligations.

3. Select a trade name

In order to have your business included in the Trade Register, you will require a trade name (company name).

4. Register with the Trade Register and Tax Administration

New businesses must be registered with the Trade Register kept by the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce will pass on your details to the Tax and Customs Administration. You do not need to register separately with the Tax and Customs Administration.

5. Check whether you require certain professional qualifications

You do not require a separate qualification to establish a business in the Netherlands. However, you are only allowed to practise certain professions if you meet certain requirements.

6. Consult the zoning plan with regard to your business location

If you plan to establish your business at a particular location, this choice of location must be in line with the municipal zoning plan. If this is not the case, however, you can apply for an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (Omgevingsvergunning) to carry out your plans. You can also ask the municipality to change the zoning plan.

7. Consider environmental regulations

If your business operations will have an impact on the environment, you must submit a notification of environmental management to your local municipality. Sometimes you must also apply for an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (Omgevingsvergunning).

8. Consider fire safety requirements for your business premises

If you occupy a business property, you have to take measures to ensure fire safety. In most cases you must submit a notification of occupancy to your local municipality. Sometimes you must also apply for an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (Omgevingsvergunning).

9. Create your business accounts

As you often incur expenses before the official launch of your business, make certain to create your accounts in a timely manner. In the Netherlands, you are legally obliged to maintain accounts and to retain them for seven years.

10. Check whether you need insurance

If you live in the Netherlands or earn income here, you are obliged to take out health insurance. You are also obliged to pay Dutch national insurance contributions. Additionally, there are several ways to insure your business’s assets in the event of legal liability or any other any other risk you can’t afford to cover.

You live in another country and you have income from the Netherlands


If you live in the Netherlands, you are a resident taxpayer (only available in Dutch). Do you live abroad and do you have income in or from the Netherlands? In that case, you have non-resident taxpayer status. In both cases, you are subject to Dutch income tax and you usually have to file an income tax return in the Netherlands annually. Do you have non-resident taxpayer status? In that case, you can opt to pay income tax according to the same tax rules as when you have resident taxpayer status.