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Applying for a permit to discharge wastewater into public wastewater treatment plants with an early start

If you want to discharge wastewater into a public wastewater plant, you must apply for a permit. If you cannot or do not want to wait until the permit has been granted, the competent authority may allow an early start of the discharge. You must apply for this.

Process flow

  • You submit an application for permission to discharge wastewater into a public wastewater treatment plant – an early start with the authority responsible for the permit.
  • This will examine your application and the legitimate personal or public interest in an early start of wastewater discharge.
  • If necessary, they submit requested documents.
  • They undertake to compensate for all damage caused by the discharge up to the time of the decision and, if the discharge is not authorized, to restore the previous condition.
  • The competent authority approves the early start of the wastewater discharge.
  • You will receive a letter of admission from the competent authority and, if applicable, a fee invoice.
  • If necessary, they pay the fee invoice.
  • You can start by discharging the wastewater into a public wastewater plant ahead of time.


Authorisation is granted if:

  • an application for authorisation has already been submitted,
  • a decision in favour of the applicant can be expected,
  • there is a public interest or a legitimate interest of the applicant in the early start,
  • and the applicant undertakes to compensate for all damage caused by the discharge up to the decision and, if the discharge is not authorised, to restore the previous situation.

Which documents are required?

  • Application for an early start to discharge wastewater into public wastewater treatment plants
  • If applicable, documents, such as statements, that justify your interest in starting early

Processing duration

The processing time depends on the quality and scope of the applications submitted, the documents submitted, as well as the procedure to be carried out and the processing status of the permit application.

Legal basis

Section 58 IV in conjunction with Section 17 of the Water Resources Act (WHG)



Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Data protection information

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Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
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