Barbecuing rules in The Hague

For many people the summer is the perfect time to fire up the barbecue. But not everyone has a garden or balcony where this is possible. A number of parks in The Hague have special barbecuing spots.

The spots have been chosen so that you can barbecue in lovely surroundings. Without causing any nuisance to area residents and other visitors to the park. The spots also have extra rubbish bins.

BBQ spots

The special barbecuing spots can be found in:

  • Westbroekpark (field, Scheveningen district)
  • Zuiderpark and the Uithof (Escamp district)

Do no place your coals or briquettes directly on the grass but rather put them in a container on a stand. You will damage the grass if you stoke up on the ground. Allow the red-hot coals to cool off completely before you dispose of them. Some of the barbecuing spots have special containers for glowing coals. The coals may be thrown in while they are still hot.


Leftover food, bones, packaging material and the like belong in the rubbish container. Is the container full? Do not leave your rubbish next to the container but rather take it back home with you in a sealed bag. Leftover food attracts rodents and vermin.

Other BBQ spots

In principle, you are allowed to barbecue everywhere as long as you do not cause any trouble or danger. Barbecuing is also allowed on the beach (Noorderstrand). Nonetheless there are a number of spots where you may not barbecue. Signs will indicate where barbecuing is not permitted.


If other activities will be taking place apart from barbecuing, for example with tents or stages, large numbers of people or (live) music, this could fall into the category of an ‘event’. Check whether you need to report this in advance or apply for an event permit.


If you place a grill with the intention of selling your cooked products, this is considered street vending and street trading regulations will then apply. The rules for cafes and restaurants and the rental agreement apply to the deck areas of the beach restaurants. A grill may be placed there in principle.

Ban on barbecuing

Spots where barbecuing is not permitted:

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Published: 16 July 2015Modified: 7 May 2019