Permit shop closing hours

  • Description

    According to the National Ordinance of shop closing hours, it's prohibited to have a shop open to the public on:

    a) Sundays and certain holidays- and memorial days;

    b) on other days before 6.00 hrs. and after 18.30 hrs.

    On request an exemption can be granted for the shops to be opened during the week till 24:00 hrs. (midnight) and on Sundays and certain holidays- and memorial days from 9:00 to 22:00 hours.

  • Where to request? / More information at

    The Division of Economic Policy Implementation, Office No. 14. Phone 582-1181 ext. 247.

  • What to take with me?

    The written petition and the required stamps.

  • How long does it take?

    A minimum of 5 working days.

  • What are the costs involved?

    AWG. 12,00 for the stamps of which AWG. 4,00 is for the petition and AWG. 8,00 for the permit.

  • How to request? / What must I do?

    The written petition must include information of the applicant as well as of the shop (name, address, contact person, phone) and opening period/days and hours. Please note that the exemption can be requested for a period of up to 1 (calendar) year. Verzoek kan persoonlijk bij de balie ingediend worden of via online formulier: Application for permit persuant to the National Ordinance of shop hours.