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Renewable energy permit guidance and contact point authority

We give guidance on permits and procedures related to renewable energy projects. You can send us questions related to all kinds of projects e.g. renewable energy production of houses, farms, or large-scale industrial energy production.

Guidance for everyone

Permit guidance is serving instances like private persons, companies, and consultants. Advice is given in permitting of the renewable energy producing projects e.g. environmental permits, building permits, and expropriation permits. We give guidance on general level and on procedural issues. The authorities that process the permits, make the final assessments and decisions. We can assess what kind of permits are needed for your project and advise where you can apply them.

We advise by phone and e-mail:

Telephone number: 0295 020 920 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Email address: [email protected]

Please note that we do not provide advice or answers on financing and investment issues.

The official procedures of a renewable energy production project are often extensive and multi-stage processes. To the project proceed smoothly, it is good to contact the authorities in good time. Permit applications should be prepared carefully so that their processing is as smooth as possible.

Timeframes for permit and approval procedures

As the renewable energy contact point authority, we supervise the implementation of the timeframes that are set for the permit and approval procedures in renewable energy power palnts that generate electricity. Timeframe for permit and approval procedures is two years for renewable energy power plants. When electricity production capacity is under 150 kW or the project is a modification project the timeframe is one year. Timeframes can be applied for example wind farms, solar power plants, hydroelectric power plants or biogas plants that produce electricity. Timeframe is joint for all the permits and procedures (Act 1145/2020) and all authorities have to process the applications within the timeframe. 

We also process applications for an extension of the timeframe, lapse of calculations or a temporary suspension of timeframe.

 

Administrative procedures and acts according to the Act on permit granting processes and certain other administrative procedures for renewable energy plants (1145/2020)

Permits and procedures

Legal basis

Competent Authority

Electronic services

The contact point authority's obligation to provide advice

Application of the time frames

Construction, updating and connecting to the network of the production plant

Environmental permit

Environmental Protection Act (527/2014), section 27

Regional State Administrative Agency, Municipal environmental protection authority

Registration of the activity

Environmental Protection Act (527/2014) section 116

Municipal environmental protection authority

Building permit

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), section 125

Local building supervision authority

Action permit

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), section 126

Local building supervision authority

Demolition permit

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), section 127

Local building supervision authority

Demolition notice

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), section 127

Local building supervision authority

Permit to disturb an ancient relic

Antiquities Act (295/1963), section 11

Finnish Heritage Agency

Consent for the construction in Finland’s exclusive economic zone

Act on the Exclusive Economic Zone of Finland (1058/2004), section 7

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Water permit

Water Act (587/2011), chapter 3, section 2–3

Regional State Administrative Agency

Handling and storage permit

Act on the Safe Handling and Storage of Dangerous Chemicals and Explosives, Chemicals Safety (390/2005), section 23

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency

Handling and storage notification

Act on the Safe Handling and Storage of Dangerous Chemicals and Explosives, Chemicals Safety (390/2005), section 24

Rescue authority

Derogations from the prohibition of destruction and deterioration of habitat types

Nature Conservation Act (9/2023), section 66

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Derogation from provisions concerning the conservation of species

Nature Conservation Act (9/2023), section 83

Ministry of the Environment, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Notification of activities that may impair environmental values of Natura 2000 network area

Nature Conservation Act (9/2023), section 37

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Derogation from the protection of aquatic habitat types

Water Act (587/2011), chapter 2, section 11

Regional State Administrative Agency

Obstacle permit

Aviation Act (864/2014), section 158

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom

Project permit for building a power cord

Electricity Market Act (588/2013), section 14

Energy Authority

Notification of the commissioning and modifications of a power plant

Electricity Market Act (588/2013), section 64

Energy Authority

Licence for the construction of pipelines concerning natural gas and biogas

Government Decree on the Safety of Natural Gas (551/2009), section 5

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency

Licence for the storage concerning natural gas and biogas

Government Decree on the Safety of Natural Gas (551/2009), section 9

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency

Notification for the storage concerning natural gas and biogas

Government Decree on the Safety (551/2009), section 9

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency

Using the production facility

Registration

Animal By-Products Act (517/2015), 33 § and Animal by-products Regulation (1069/2009), Article 23

Municipal veterinarian, 
The Finnish Food Authority

Approval

Animal By-Products Act (517/2015), 33 and Animal by-products Regulation (1069/2009), Article 23

Municipal veterinarian,
The Finnish Food Authority

Notification to the Finnish Food Authority

Fertilizers Act(711/2022)

The Finnish Food Authority

Greenhouse gas emissions permit

Emissions Trading Act (1270/2023), section 13

Energy Authority

Notification of a wind power station operating in a compensation area

Act on Wind Power Compensation Areas (490/2013), section 5

Energy Authority

Registration notification

Pressure Equipment Act (1144/2016), section 51

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency

Land use planning

Spatial Planning

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999)

Municipality, Regional Council

Planning requirement decision

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), section 137

Municipality

Planning  requirement decision to be dealt with only in connection with the building permit procedure

Planning  requirement decision to be dealt with only in connection with the building permit procedure

Deviation decision

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), section 174

Municipality

Only a minor deviation to be dealt with in connection with the building permit procedure

Only a minor deviation to be dealt with in connection with the building permit procedure

Right to use immovable property

Decision on a right of use in accordance with the Finnish Water Act

Water Act

Regional State Administrative Agency

Only in connection with the permit procedure in accordance with the  the Water Act, the issue of decision of a right of use shall be dealt with

Only in connection with the permit procedure in accordance with the  the Water Act, the issue of decision of a right of use shall be dealt with

Expropriation permit

Act on the Redemption of Immovable Property and Special Rights (603/1977), sections 5–10

National Land Survey of Finland, Finnish Government

The agreement on the location of equipment

Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), section 161

Local building supervision authority

Placing a structure in a water area belonging to another party

Water Act (587/2011), chapter 2, section 5 a

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Consent of the municipality

Electricity Market Act (588/2013), section 17

Municipality

Production plant design

Environmental impact assessment

Act on the Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure (252/2017)

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Research permit for ancient relic

Antiquities Act (295/1963), 10 §

Finnish Heritage Agency

Right of exploitation

Act on the Exclusive Economic Zone of Finland (1058/2004), section 6

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Research permit

Water Act (587/2011), chaper 18, section 7

Regional State Administrative Agency

Natura Assesment

Nature Conservation Act (9/2023), 35 section

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (statement), municipality/Regional State Administrative Agency 
(permit)

Exploration and survey of the sea bottom permit

Territorial Surveillance Act (755/2000), section 12

Defence Command

Survey permit

Act on the Redemption of Immoveable Property and Special Rights (603/1977), section 84

National Land Survey of Finland

The Finnish Defence Forces' statements on wind power

Act on the Defence Forces(551/2007), Territorial Surveillance Act  and Land Use and Building Act

Defence Command

Päivitetty: 13.06.2024