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.

Measures have been taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Haaglanden security region, which the Municipality of The Hague is part of, added a rule to its emergency decree. As of 24 April 2020 it is prohibited to barbecue at the following spots in The Hague:

  • Paleistuin (Centrum)
  • Helena van Doeverenplantsoen (Centrum)
  • Zuiderpark (Escamp)
  • Florence Nightingalepark (Escamp)
  • De Uithof (Escamp)
  • Vlaskamp (Haagse Hout)
  • Haagse Bos (Haagse Hout)
  • Westbroekpark (Scheveningen)
  • The Hague's beaches (Loosduinen, Segbroek and Scheveningen)
  • Bokkefort (Loosduinen)
  • Madestein (Loosduinen)
  • Ockenburgh (Loosduinen)
  • 't Kleine Hout (Loosduinen)

    More information about the emergency decree can be found at

    In principle, you are allowed to barbecue at other places in The Hague. Barbecuing is also allowed on the beach (Noorderstrand). As long as you do not cause any trouble or danger or leave any rubbish.


    Do not place your coals or briquettes directly on the grass. Put them in a container on a stand. The grass will get damaged if you make a fire directly on the grass. Allow glowing cools to first cool off completely before you dispose of them. 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.


    If other activities will also be taking place apart from barbecuing, for example with tents or stages, large numbers of people or a (live) music programme, this could fall into the category of an ‘event’. Check whether you need to report an event in advance or apply for a small event permit. You must abide by the corona rules in effect under all circumstances. The most up-to-date information can be found on the website of the Dutch government.


    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.

      Also see: Tips for barbecuing and burning wood in the summer

        Published: 16 July 2015Modified: 5 June 2020