Submit a citizen’s initiative

Residents of The Hague 14 years and older can come up with a plan and propose it to the Municipal Council. This is called a citizen's initiative.

Do you have a good idea for improving your city district, your neighbourhood or the city as a whole? For example, would you like a spot in your neighbourhood where young people can meet up, a skateboard park or more plants and trees in your street? Or do you have an idea for a playground?

To submit a citizen's initiative you should draw up a proposal providing details of what the plan should look like, where it should be set up, and how much it will cost.

Request a referendum

You can also set up a citizen’s initiative to submit a request for a referendum to the Municipal Council. This request must be endorsed by the signatures of at least 10,000 residents in The Hague who support your initiative. If the Council agrees to handle your request, your proposal will be placed on the Council’s agenda.

Conditions for a citizen's initiative

A citizen's initiative must always be about a subject on which the municipality can take a decision. It is not meant to put subjects which have recently already been discussed back on the agenda.

Read all the conditions and the procedure to submit a citizen's initiative (in Dutch).


Do you have any questions or would you like to learn more about the citizen's initiative? Then you can phone the Municipal Clerk's office on tel. (070) 353 31 31 or send an email to:

Published: 9 December 2013Modified: 31 July 2020