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What procedure is to be followed?

As soon as the application file is received by the Prefecture, it is sent to the Inspectorate of classified installations, who checks whether it is complete and, if not, proposes to the Prefect to have it completed.
The inspector of classified installations for the department can contact the operator directly to obtain explanations and further information. In this respect, it is advisable to contact him before even submitting the file. The application file, once completed and following receipt, when required, of the certificate attesting to the filing of the building permit application, is subject to:

  • a one-month public enquiry, possibly extended by a maximum of 15 days decided upon by the investigating commissioner based on the observations collected. The applicant has twelve days to produce a memorandum in response to these observations.
  • the opinion of the Municipal Council of the towns concerned.
  • the examination of several administrative services:
    • for examination of the application: the Direction Régionale de l’Industrie, de la Recherche et de l’Environnement, (DRIRE - Regional Directorate for Industry, Research and the Environment) most often in charge of inspecting industrial classified installations or the Direction Départementale des Services Vétérinaires (DDSV - Departmental Veterinary Services) for farms or the Service Technique Interdépartemental de l’Inspection des Installations Classées (STIIIC - Interdepartmental Technical Service for the Inspection of Classified Installations) for classified installations in Paris and Greater Paris departments.
    • for a technical opinion: the Direction Régionale de l’Environnement (DIREN - Regional Directorate for the Environment), the Direction Départementale de l’Equipement (DDE - Departmental Directorate for Equipment), the Direction Départementale de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt (DDAF - Departmental Directorate for Agriculture and Forestry), the Direction Départementale du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle (DDTEFP - Departmental Directorate for Labour, Employment and Vocational Training), the Service Départemental de la Sécurité Civile (Departmental Service for Civil Safety) and the Service Départemental d’Incendie et de Secours (SDIS - Departmental Fire and Emergency Service). All the information collected is issued in a summary report prepared by the Inspectorate of classified installations. This report is presented to the Conseil départemental de l’environnement et des risques sanitaires et technologiques (CODERST - Departmental Council for environment and health and technological risks) or the departmental council for nature, landscape and sites within its specialised quarry section. The operator is consulted with regard to the proposals of the Inspectorate and can be heard by CODERST.
      Following examination by this body, the Prefect makes a decision, via a prefectural order stipulating the technical requirements to be complied with by the installation. The operator is initially informed of the content of these technical requirements.
      It should be pointed out that the entire procedure takes, on average, 10 to 12 months between the date the complete application is filed and the signing of the prefectural order. This should be taken into consideration when establishing the provisional start-up schedule of the installation.

3The case of a facility with a health and safety and working conditions committee3

This committee should be consulted with regard to the project and its opinion should be presented to CODERST.