Housing and environment

The mission of the city is to promote environmental protection by safeguarding, managing, and developing nature and the environment, thereby ensuring a healthy, pleasant, stimulating, and environmentally sustainable living environment for the residents of the municipality. The environmental protection authority of the City of Rauma is the Environmental and Licensing Board, under which the Environmental Protection Unit takes care of preparatory, monitoring, and implementation tasks, as well as decision-making delegated to officials.

In addition to the tasks specified in the Environmental Protection Act, Water Act, and Waste Act concerning the administration of environmental protection in municipalities, the unit acts as a permit and supervisory authority in accordance with the Land Extraction Act, as an environmental protection authority in accordance with the Off-Road Traffic Act and the Water Traffic Act, and as the municipal camping area authority referred to in the Outdoor Recreation Act. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Unit takes care of organizing fishing activities in water areas owned by the city and serves as the authority responsible for deciding on natural monuments under the Nature Conservation Act.

New environmental protection regulations in effect from May 1, 2022

Information on various topics can be found in the environmental protection regulations of the City of Rauma, including the treatment of domestic wastewater, vehicle and boat washing, the obligation to make noise notifications, small-scale waste utilization, and the decommissioning of oil tanks.

The purpose of these regulations is to facilitate the practical application of environmental protection laws. While legislation provides general guidelines for environmental protection, often the decision-making regarding specific details is left to the municipal level. The regulations provide information on the requirements set by the authorities and promote fair treatment of all stakeholders. In Rauma, compliance with the regulations is monitored and the environmental protection authority provides guidance on matters related to their content.