The Public Administration Probity Screening Act

The Dutch Public Administration Probity Screening Act (BIBOB Act) is intended to prevent the government from becoming directly or indirectly involved in criminal activities. If you apply for a licence or a subsidy in the Netherlands or if you bid for a government contract, government bodies may investigate you or your company’s background. This screening is based on the Public Administration Probity Screening Act, also known as BIBOB act.

Public authorities may request a background check to assess the criminal risks regarding permits and other governmental decisions. If they determine such a risk, the public authority may refuse or revoke a permit or other decision. In the event of a criminal record or obscure financial structures the permit, the subsidy or contract may be refused. This prevents authorities from facilitating criminal activities.

Licence application to a municipality

If, for example, you apply to the municipality for (a) liquor and catering licence or (b) licence to operate a catering establishment, the municipality may ask you to fill in (c) BIBOB questionnaire. The municipality will then use the details submitted to assess the integrity of your company or the people involved in your company

Application BIBOB advice

If the municipality has doubts in relation to integrity, they can ask for advice from the BIBOB office as part of a detailed examination. You will be informed accordingly before the examination starts. The BIBOB office will then give advice to the municipality.

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