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Before making more detailed plans on how to build a plot of land that you have purchased or want to acquire, you should clarify what is in the associated development plan.

The qualified development plan lays down legally binding which structural and other installations are permitted on a plot of land. Determinations are made, inter alia,

  • on the type of construction (e.g. residential, mixed and commercial areas),
  • on the extent of the construction (e.g. number of floors and base areas, height, number of full storeys),
  • construction (open or closed construction),
  • to the buildable land area
  • to the local traffic areas.

The simple development plan, which does not meet the requirements of a qualified development plan, contains only individual determinations as binding regulations and is supplemented by the provisions of the supporting lycous sections 34 and 35 of the Building Code (BauGB).

Who should I contact?

A development plan is approved by the municipality as a statute. It then becomes legally binding by means of a notice.
For more information, you can contact the planning office of your municipality or the building inspectorate municipality or county.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Hochbau

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Point of contact:
Katharina Sinnigen
Telephone: 05931 44-1524
B 524
responsible for:
Ulrike Otten
Telephone: 05931 44-1527
B 527
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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