Describing the context is a first step of the systematic approach for developing a work plan for permitting and a necessary input for setting policies, priorities and strategies. An inventory of the context within which the authority has to operate is vital to define its activities and sets the scope of the work plan. See chapter 3.1.
The second step is “Priorities”. Setting priorities is necessary when first in, first out is not an option and to make best use of resources available. See chapter 3.2.
The third step is “Strategies”. Strategy should be seen a method or plan chosen to achieve the desired goals and objectives that have been set by either national level or your own organisation. It will contain all kinds of actions that will contribute to these achievements. See chapter 3.3.
The fourth step is “Planning”. In this step the work plan for permitting is developed and will include the priorities, the strategies and the activities that will be carried out within the defined time period. In contrast to inspection plans, the work plan for permitting is not mandatory by the IED. It’s therefor also not mandatory to actively publish the plan. However we do encourage authorities to develop such a plan and make this publically available. See chapter 3.4.