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Other notifying and permitting procedures

A notification on an experimental activity in accordance with Paragraph 119 of the Environmental Protection Act is made on an activity intended to test a raw material or fuel, a manufacturing or combustion method or a cleaning device, or intended to utilize or process waste in an institutional or professional manner in order to investigate the impact, usability or a similar aspect of the activity.

According to Paragraph 31 of the Environmental Protection Act, no environmental permit is required for a short-term activity of an experimental nature. The case is handled by the permitting officer who is responsible for the institution or activity as provided by the Environmental Protection Act and decree.

More information: Chief Environmental Inspector Harri Pasanen, tel. +358 (0)9 310 32013.

A notification on an exceptional situation in accordance with Paragraph 120 of the Environmental Protection Act is made in the event that there are emissions caused by an accident, an interruption in production, the demolishing of a structure, the disassembly of equipment or other comparable reason or one of these situations produces waste in such a manner that there can be an immediate or obvious danger of environmental contamination or that some specific measures are necessitated in waste management because of the volume or properties of the waste. 

Emissions or waste necessitating a notification can be produced, for example, in connection of a fire or when hazardous chemicals are released to a storm water sewer or into the soil. In addition to ordering a clean-up, the purpose of a notification on emissions is to enable the monitoring of the impact of the emissions.

The Urban Environment committee's environment and permits sub-committee processes notifications on such institutions and activities requiring permits that fall under the committee’s jurisdiction as well as other institutions and activities that do not require an environmental permit.

More information: Environmental Inspector Petri Puttonen, tel. +358 (0)9 310 32009.

Frequent or constant organizing of drills and competitions in nature and on water bodies requires a permit issued by the municipal environmental authority (Act on Movement in Nature 1710/1995, Paragraph 30, and Act on Movement on Water Bodies 463/1996, Paragraph 21).

More information: Team Leader Elina Salo-Miilumäki, tel. +358 (0)9 310 26860.

Storage of livestock manure in manure storage facilities must be reported to the municipal environmental authority (Finnish Government decree on the control of nitrates emitted to water from agricultural operations 931/2000, Paragraph 4).

More information: Team Leader Sini-Pilvi Saarnio, tel. +358 (0)9 310 32019.

Professional waste collection operators must submit a notification to the municipal environmental authority for entry in the waste management register well before commencing the operation (Waste Act 646/2011, Paragraph 100).

More information: Environmental Inspectors Carita Kuparinen,  tel. +358 (0)9 310 25927 and Leena Terhemaa, tel. +358 (0)9 310 32032.

Waste management plans for a marina must always be presented for approval to the municipal environmental authority in the municipality where the marina is located (Act on Environmental Protection in Maritime Transport 1672/2009, Article 9, Paragraph 4).

More information: Environmental Inspector Leena Terhemaa, tel. +358 (0)9 310 32032.

Other affairs that require a permit or notification to the municipal environmental authority include:

  • Exemption of a property from connecting to a wastewater network


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