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Municipal organisation

Local government

19 April 2016
31 May 2016

The Municipality of The Hague is divided into 8 departments and 1 company. Here you will find more information about how the organisation is structured.

Here you'll see the chart reflecting the city’s current organisational structure. All of the Dutch acronyms are explained below.

Municipal Organisation Chart May 2016

Municipal departments

The Municipality of The Hague has the following departments:

Acronym English name Dutch name Functions
BSD Department of Municipal Administration Bestuursdienst administration, press relations
DPZ Department of Public Service Dienst Publiekszaken products and services, taxes, city districts and neighbourhoods, public library
DSB Department of City Management Dienst Stadsbeheer archaeology, cemeteries, parks, sewer system and water, markets, environment and permits, parking, street cleaning
DSO Department of Urban Development Dienst Stedelijke Ontwikkeling town planning, existing buildings and houses
GAD Municipal Accounting Department Gemeentelijke Accountantsdienst
HGR The Haeghe Groep De Haeghe Groep social enterprise
OCW Department of Education, Culture & Well-Being Dienst Onderwijs, Cultuur en Welzijn sport, culture, education, public health, well-being
SZW Department of Social Affairs and Employment Projects Dienst Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheidsprojecten work and income

Municipal Clerk's Office

In 2002 The Hague Municipal Council introduced the concept of a dual government. This means that there is a separation of powers between the Municipal Council and the Municipal Executive (college van burgemeester en wethouders). The Municipal Clerk's Office was created when political dualism was introduced.

Municipal Council Committees

The Hague Municipal Council also decides how the municipality's resources are to be allocated. The decisions the Municipal Council must take are first discussed in Council committees. The committees are described below.

English name Dutch name
Governance Committee Commissie Bestuur
Public Space Committee Commissie Leefomgeving
Social Affairs Committee Commissie Samenleving
Urban Development Committee Commissie Ruimte
Public Accounts Committee Rekeningen Commissie
19 April 2016
31 May 2016