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Apply for exemption from the permit requirement for the discharge of waste water into private waste water plants


For the discharge of wastewater (industrial wastewater, commercial wastewater) into a private wastewater plant (indirect discharge), an exemption from the permit requirement can be applied for in Germany, provided that compliance with the legal requirements is ensured by contract with the operator of the private wastewater plant. The exemption from the authorisation requirement is granted by the competent authorities of the individual countries.

For those sectors and activities (such as the chemical industry, paper production, metal processing, use of cooling water) in which pollutants are to be expected in the wastewater that are not sufficiently purified in a municipal sewage treatment plant, the legislator has specified requirements in the industry-specific annexes to the Wastewater Ordinance.

In order to comply with these requirements, special measures and wastewater pretreatment plants are required to reduce the pollutant load in such a way that the wastewater can then be cleaned without damage in a public or private sewage treatment plant.

  • The authority will explain the approval procedure to you.
  • You submit the application documents.
  • Authority checks your application documents and, if necessary, asks you to submit documents later In addition, the authority can contact other authorities.
  • You submit documents; Bodies concerned shall give their opinion.
  • Authority examines subsequently submitted documents and comments received.
  • Authority prepares the approval.
  • You pay the administrative costs.

Contact the water authority in your county or city.

Exemption from the permit requirement can be granted on application if compliance with the legal requirements is ensured by contract with the operator of the private wastewater plant.

The required documentation depends on the wastewater (industrial wastewater, commercial wastewater) that is to be discharged into the private wastewater plant.

In any case, the following is required:

  • Application for exemption with details of the waste water (type / quantity / ingredients / place of origin)
  • Contractual provisions (excerpts if applicable)

An administrative fee must be paid to the respective federal state for the administrative performance of the permit. The administration fee is based on the respective state law provisions on the administrative fees.

The application must be submitted at an early stage, as a discharge of waste water into a private wastewater plant may only take place with an exemption from the permit requirement.

You must submit the application at least one month before the discharge of the waste water.

The processing time depends on the quality and scope of the applications and documents submitted.

§ 59 paragraph 2 Water Resources Act (WHG)

The description and execution of the individual forms varies from one federal state to another. Generally formulated, there are application forms, checklists and information sheets as declarations or forms.

  • If applicable, link to the aforementioned forms: State specific
  • Online procedure possible: State specific
  • Written form required: State specific
  • Personal appearance necessary: State specific

Online procedure: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of the Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate

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