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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.

competent Bodies

Staatliches Gewerbeaufsichtsamt Emden
Address: Brückstraße 38 , 26725 Emden
Telephone: 04921 9217-0
Fax: 04921 9217-59
Fax: 04921 9217-58
Address: Stilleweg 2 , 30655 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 643-0
Fax: +49 511 643-2304

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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