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Starting a permitted water resources management project

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

In principle, you can start your water resources management project when the positive permit decision by the Regional State Administrative Agency gains legal force. The decision gains legal force 30 days after the decision date, unless someone has appealed against the decision to the Vaasa Administrative Court.

However, when applying for the permit, the applicant can request an authorisation for preparation on reasonable grounds already after the decision has been made and before it gains legal force. The applicant must justify the need of an authorisation for preparation and specify the measures they mean to take. The Regional State Administrative Agency processes the request for preparations in conjunction with the permit application for the water resources management project and gives either a positive or negative decision when granting the permit.

In case the Regional State Administrative Agency grants an authorisation for preparation, it will oblige the applicant to pay a security before taking any measures, unless the applicant is a municipality or the state, or the security is evidently unnecessary. The security sum should cover all potential damages, nuisances and costs that might result from repealing the decision or amending the conditions of the permit.

The applicant can also request an authorisation for preparation during the appeal period, or within 14 days from the end of the appeal period with a separate application. Before making the decision, the Regional State Administrative Agency will hear supervisory authorities about the request of an authorisation for preparation and those who appealed against the permit decision.

Do the following

If you are requesting an authorisation for preparation of your water resources management project, you must justify the need of the authorisation for preparation and specify the measures you mean to take. The preparatory measures must be such that the security sum is enough to cover all potential damages, nuisances and costs that may result from repealing the decision or amending the conditions of the permit.

If the Regional State Administrative Agency grants an authorisation for preparation and you wish to take the measures allowed by the authorisation, you must lodge a security set by the Regional State Administrative Agency in accordance with their instructions for legal protection and permits. You can find the security form at suomi.fi. If there are no appeals against the permit decision, and the decision is therefore not changed, or if the decision is not repealed in court, the security is returned to the permit holder.

To whom and on what terms

The Regional State Administrative Agency will allow the preparation measures if

1. the preparatory measures can be taken without causing considerable harm to other uses of waters or the natural environment and its functions, and

2. after carrying out the measures, the conditions can be essentially restored in case the permit decision is repealed or permit conditions changed.

The applicant must comply with the regulations of the permit decision made by the Regional State Administrative Agency.

An area owned by someone else can be used for the preparatory measures of a water resources management project only if such a right is established in the permit or the holders of rights otherwise agree to it.

If the Regional State Administrative Agency has granted a permit for a water resources management project and an authorisation for preparation, the permit holder must pay a security set by an authority before taking any preparatory measures. The obligation to pay a security does not apply to the state or its institution or a municipality or federation of municipalities.

The request for preparations is processed free of charge in connection to processing a permit application for a water resources management project. As its own petitionary matter, a fee for processing another matter concerning a water resources management project will be charged for the authorisation for preparation. The total sum will be defined based on the amount of work involved. Fees are determined by the Government’s act on the Regional State Administrative Agency’s fees in 2019 and 2020.

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 9/1/2020