Objection and appeal

If KVK has come to a decision ('beschikking') with which you disagree, you can lodge an objection with KVK and then (for decisions concerning the Business Register) possibly appeal to the College van Beroep voor het Bedrijfsleven (Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal) in The Hague.

Please contact KVK before lodging an objection to determine whether lodging a complaint is the right thing to do. You can also object to or appeal a refusal to make a decision (or failure to make a decision in a timely manner).


You can object to a decision by lodging an objection with KVK. You must do so within 6 weeks of the announcement of the decision. In its decisions, KVK states whether you can object to them, what is the deadline for objections, and where you can send your objection.

An objection must contain at least the following:

  • name and address
  • KVK number
  • date
  • description of the decision you object to (preferably with a copy of the decision)
  • your reasons for objecting (rationale)
  • signature

You can use an objection template (in Dutch).

KVK’s appeal procedure is administrative in nature and concerns only the decision of KVK. Underlying civil law issues can only be settled by the civil court. For example: the legality of appointments and dismissals of directors or the transfer of a company. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Notice of appeal

The same requirements apply to a notice of appeal. In its decisions, KVK states whether you can lodge an appeal and what is the deadline for appeals.

Engaging a lawyer or expert

You are not required to engage a lawyer or other expert, but it may be advisable for both objections and appeals.