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Submit a resident application


For matters from the sphere of influence of the municipality or district for which the municipal council or the district council is responsible (for example, the maintenance of a swimming pool, the establishment of a kindergarten), you can submit a resident application.

Residents' applications concerning matters for which an admissible residents' application has already been submitted in the last twelve months are inadmissible.

Process flow

You must notify the resident application in writing; the electronic form is inadmissible.

Name up to three people with their names and addresses.

These persons are the contact persons for the municipal or district administration and are entitled to represent you as the applicant.

Immediately after the notification of the residents' application, the municipality or district shall prepare an estimate of the costs of fulfilling the request and shall immediately inform the authorised representatives in writing or in electronic form. The cost estimate must also take into account the consequential costs of fulfilling the request. The cost estimate must then be included in the residents' application by the authorised representatives. However, you can also include a different cost estimate of your own in the residents' application.

Once the required signatures have been collected, the residents' application must be submitted in writing to the municipality or district, which will then check whether all requirements have been met. If this is the case, the matter will be dealt with in a meeting of the municipal council or the district council.

At this meeting, the authorised representatives are also to be heard.

Who should I contact?

The municipality or county of your place of residence

Note: Thiswillalso answer any questions you may have in connection with the resident application.

Requirements

  • It must be clear which matter the municipal council or district council is to deal with and why you want it.
  • In municipalities with up to 10,000 inhabitants, at least five percent of all residents of the municipality (but no more than 400 people) must support the residents' application with their signature. In municipalities with more than 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants, at least four percent of the inhabitants (but no more than 1,500 people) must support the resident application. In municipalities with more than 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants, at least 3 percent of the inhabitants (but no more than 2,500 people) must support the resident application. In municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, at least 2.5 percent of the inhabitants (but no more than 8,000 people) must support the resident application.
    In districts with up to 100,000 inhabitants, at least 3 percent of the inhabitants (but no more than 2,500 people) must support the residents' application. In districts with more than 100,000 inhabitants, at least 2.5 percent of the inhabitants (but no more than 8,000 people) must support the residents' application.
  • Support is provided by a signature. Anyone who is at least 16 or 14 years old at the time of signing and has lived in the municipality or district for at least three months is entitled to sign.

Which documents are required?

  • Residents' application with objective and justification
  • List or individual sheets with the signatures of the inhabitants

What are the fees?

Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You can submit the resident application at any time.

Exception: The residents' application may not concern a matter for which an admissible citizen's application has already been submitted in the last twelve months.

Processing duration

If all requirements are met, the matter will be dealt with in the municipal council or district council within six months of receipt of the residents' application.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: Yes

Personal appearance required: No

Appeal

The Municipal Constitution Act gives each person who has provided a valid signature his or her own right to have the application deliberated in accordance with the statutory provisions

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Professionally released on

22.06.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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