Ban on begging and street music

People are often annoyed by beggars and street musicians in downtown The Hague. The municipality and police have therefore taken a number of measures. There is a ban on begging, playing music and performing in certain locations and at certain times.

The ban does not affect street organs and activities which have a permit.

Locations with a ban on begging and street music

The ban is mainly in effect in busy areas:

  • City centre: Korte and Lange Poten, Plein, Binnenhof, Buitenhof, Plaats, Papestraat, Passage, Gravenstraat, Raamstraat, Hoogstraat, Noordeinde, Venestraat, Weversplaats, Nieuwstraat, Schoolstraat, Vlamingstraat, Spuistraat, Grote Markt, Grote Marktstraat, Wagenstraat, 1e Haagpoort, Kalvermarkt, Turfmarkt, Spuiplein, Spui, Gedempte Gracht, Voldersgracht, Bezemstraat and the Rabbijn Maarsenplein
  • Central Station and Koningin Julianaplein
  • Hollands Spoor train station, Stationsplein, Stationsweg and Oranjeplein
  • Haagse Markt on market days and surrounding streets: De Heemstraat, Hobbemaplein, Herman Costerstraat and Hoflandplein

The ban is also in effect:

  • At schools, cemeteries or houses of worship when a service is being held.
  • In buildings where occupants have indicated that they consider these activities a 'nuisance'.
  • At the entrances and exits of building plots and within 3 metres from the plot.

Locations with only a ban on begging

  • De Stede shopping centre, Bouwlust/Vrederust, Meppelweg, Dedemsvaartweg, Erasmusweg and Beresteinlaan
  • Leyweg shopping centre, Dedemsvaartweg, Meppelweg, Loevesteinlaan and Erasmusweg
  • Loosduinse Hoofdstraat shopping centre, Arnold Spoelplein, Lisztstraat, Loosduinse Hoofdstraat, Luxemburgstraat, Mecklenburgplein, Oranjewoudstraat, Willem III straat, Loosduinse uitleg, Ouverturestraat and Symfoniestraat
  • Waldorpstraat, Hildebrandstraat, Schimmelweg, Sinjeur Semeynsweg, Jan van Beersstraat, Paets van Troostwijkstraat and Rijswijkseweg.


Have you seen people begging or are you bothered by beggars or street musicians? Report this to the police on tel. 0900 - 8844.

Published: 24 January 2014Modified: 28 October 2020