Stationary Waste Treatment Facilities – Simplified Authorisation Procedure

Competent authority

The waste management authority which is locally in charge of the site:

  • The Provincial GovernorGerman text
  • The Provincial Governor may delegate procedures and supervision to the district administrative authority [Bezirksverwaltungsbehörde].

Costs and fees

Costs depend on the various ordinances on levies and fees. It is advisable to get more Information in advance from the competent body.


In good time prior to the establishment or the operation of or to major change to the facilities.

General information

The establishment, operation or modification of the following waste treatment facilities is subject to a so-called "simplified" authorisation procedure:

  • Landfills where exclusively soil excavation and clearance material accumulated from excavation or clearance of primarily natural soil or ground is dumped, provided the total volume of the landfill is less than 100,000 cubic metres
  • Incineration or co-incineration facilities for the thermal recycling of non-hazardous wastes, with a thermal capacity of up to 2.8 megawatts
  • Other treatment facilities for non-hazardous wastes with a capacity of less than 10,000 tonnes per year (except landfills)
  • Treatment facilities for the dismantling of end-of-life vehicles with a capacity of less than 1,000 tonnes per year
  • Treatment facilities for the dismantling of electrical and electronic equipment that represents hazardous waste, with a capacity of less than 1,000 tonnes per year
  • Storage sites for hazardous wastes with a capacity of less than 1,000 tonnes per year

Also for certain modifications that are subject to authorisation under the additionally applicable provisions or under the construction code of the relevant Federal Province and that do not represent significant change, a simplified authorisation procedure is conducted.

If the facilities to be authorised represent IPPC treatment facilities or Seveso-facilities, the simplified authorisation procedure is not applied!

Last update

23 January 2024

Legal basis

section 37 paragraph 3 in conjunction with section 50 of the Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz (AWG)


There is no special procedure to be followed.

Required documents

The following shall be enclosed with the application for authorisation:

  • Information about the suitability of the intended site
  • Information about the type, purpose, scope and duration of the project
  • Land register identification of the property affected by the treatment facilities, indicating the name of the owner and enclosing an extract from the land register (not older than six weeks)
  • If the applicant is not himself/herself the owner: Additionally, the written consent of the property owner on whose property the treatment facilities are to be established
  • Indication of the name of the owner of any lawfully practised water utilisation
  • Description of the operation (including information about the types of waste to be treated, the treatment methods, the capacity, and a list of the machinery and other equipment of the facilities)
  • Construction specifications with the required designs and drawings
  • Waste management plan
  • Description of the anticipated emissions from the treatment facilities and information about the prevention or, if this is not possible, the reduction of emissions
  • For facilities serving the incineration or co-incineration with energy recovery, a description of their energy efficiency
  • Description of the measures taken to ensure compliance with the treatment obligations

When applying for a permit for an authorisation of a landfill project additional documents must be enclosed: see Stationary Waste Treatment Facilities – Authorisation

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