The Department Justis has powers to refuse a private detective company licence, but can a council actually prevent you from being granted a private detective company licence? As usual with questions of legality, regulation and the variety of circumstances sometimes involved, when it comes to company licensing appeals answers are not quite so clear cut. Before issuing a company licence, the Department Justis must be satisfied that the applicant is a ‘proper entity‘.
If the council refuses to issue a licence, you can object in accordance with the General Administrative Law Act (Algemene wet bestuursrecht) to the Department Justis Licensing Committee. If that objection and review is unsuccessful, the private detective company can still make an appeal to the District Court. At this stage the burden of proof is on the council to prove that the organization is not aproper entity. The Department of Justis may also attach certain conditions on a private detective company licence, against which it is also possible to launch an appeal.