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Applying for a preliminary decision on a plant requiring a permit

When you apply for a preliminary decision, the competent authority decides on individual licensing requirements and on the location of the plant.

Provided that the effects of the planned plant can be sufficiently assessed and there is a justified interest in issuing a preliminary decision, the competent authority shall issue a preliminary decision.


  • From the application you submit and the required documents, the competent authority must be able to sufficiently assess the impact of the planned plant.
  • Your application must show a legitimate interest in the issuance of a preliminary decision

Which documents are required?

  • Application for a preliminary decision on a plant requiring approval
  • required drawings, plans, expert opinions
  • explanations of the plant
  • other documents (if necessary, ask the competent authority)

What are the fees?

You submit an application for a preliminary ruling to the competent authority, either in writing or electronically.

You attach the necessary documents and the competent authority acknowledges receipt to you in writing or electronically. If necessary, the authority will request further documents.

The preliminary ruling does not replace the authorisation procedure.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Period of Validity: 2 Years
The preliminary decision becomes invalid if you do not apply for approval of the plant within two years. In justified exceptional cases, the period of validity of the ruling may be extended by up to two further years.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months

Applications / forms

Forms available: yes

Written form required: written or electronic

Informal application possible: no

Personal appearance required: no


  • Appeal

For more information on how to file an appeal, see the notice.

  • Complaint

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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