Regulatory burden on businesses

Regulatory burden leaves businesses with less time and money for their actual business activities. That’s why the government is taking action to ease the burden. By cutting the number of compulsory permits, for example. And by making more use of IT so that businesses can interact with government online.

Reduced burden will save businesses €2.5 billion

The administrative burden on businesses needs to be reduced. So certain permits are being simplified or scrapped altogether. As from 2017, this will save businesses €2.5 billion compared to 2012.

Faster, digital services

By 2017 at the latest, businesses will be able to use digital solutions for all of their dealings with government. They include:

  • eRecognition. A single username and password enables businesses to interact with government bodies easily online.
  • The Berichtenbox (a message box) lets businesses communicate with the government quickly and securely by email.
  • The Company Dossier, in which businesses can enter their details for all their permits in one go. The Company Dossier can be viewed by supervisory and licensing authorities.
  • Standard Business Reporting (SBR), which makes it easy for businesses to reuse business data for their annual reports, tax returns, etc.
  • Digital invoices or e-invoices. Government can process and pay digital invoices more quickly.
  • Online questionnaires enabling businesses to find out what rules and regulations apply to them and how those rules affect them.

Preventing new regulatory burdens

To limit regulatory burden, the government assesses the impact of new legislation before it is implemented. Businesses, members of the public and institutions can have their say on new proposals via Internetconsultatie.nl. The government conducts regular surveys to see whether businesses are satisfied with services. Municipalities, for instance, use the following tools:

  • the ‘Certificate of Good Service’
  • the ‘Business Poll’.

Fewer inspections eases regulatory burden

If businesses can show that they comply with the law, a government inspector will visit no more than twice a year to inspect working conditions. This is called an ‘inspection holiday’. A business qualifies for an inspection holiday if it commits no serious offences over a 3 year period. It does not qualify if any justified complaints or reports of violations are received.

Inspection holidays do not apply if:

  • Dutch or EU law requires more inspections;
  • the business operates in a high-risk industry;
  • an inspection is necessary, for instance after an accident.

Businesses may report inspections they consider unnecessary at Ondernemersplein.nl or get help at Answersforbusiness.nl.

Working together on monitoring high-risk businesses

Businesses only have to send their details to a supervisory authority once. If another supervisory authority requires information about a business, it can use the program Inspectieview (in Dutch) to find the details already submitted. This program can be used by both national and local inspectors.