What says the Dutch law about naturism?
Naturism is described in section 430a of the penal code.?"A person who
is nude outside a naturist area designated so by the municipality, or
one who is nude at or near a public thoroughfare or any place not
designated for nude recreation will be punished with a fine of the
first category (maximum � 380,-)."
This law means that a municipality can point out an area, which is
designated for naturism. ?If a municipality does not designate a
specific area for naturism, it will not mean that naturism is
prohibited on this spot.?
A municipality can not decide whether naturism is allowed or not on a
location. Just the judge is the only person who can do so. ?But the
Dutch police sometimes have their own opinion and are not necessarily
familiar with the details of section 430a of the penal code. I
In The Netherlands everybody has the right to point out the law to the
police (so carry the law text with you). If the police decide to give
you a penalty for nudity on a location where naturism was allowed or
tolerated in the past, or where nudity is reasonably acceptable,
consider not to pay and go to court.
Most naturists in this situation won their cases.? Whether a location
is suitable for naturism or not has to be decided by the judge. A nude
walk through a shopping street will not be accepted in general,
naturism near a quiet pond most likely will be.? Naturism in your own
garden is definitely allowed. The only restriction is that you should
not be visible from a public road. Neighbours cannot complain and a
judge will decide in the favour of the naturists.