Permitting cycle in brief
The structure can best be explained by first focussing on the Strategic cycle. The strategic cycle is for the managers.
The first step here is the Context. In the Context we identify and describe the information that is needed to set the policy and the right priorities (step 2) and define our strategies (step 3). Based on these 3 steps we can prepare a well-balanced workload plan for the permit writer.
The operational cycle is based on Plan Do Check Act Cycle (PDCA). First step is preparing a plan for the workload of the permit writer (see strategic cycle above). Based on this plan we make sure all conditions are met to execute this work (Permitting Framework). Next step is the execution of this work (Permitting procedure, see next paragraph). Last step is the monitoring. Here we check if targets in the plan are met and if we need to make changes in the Planning step.
In the Permitting procedure the actual permitting takes place. Although the steps in this part are presented linear (with a clear beginning and an end) in most cases (especially with the IED) when the permit is granted there will be a moment in time the permit needs to be reviewed and possibly revised.
The target groups we address are:
- Strategic cycle: managers
- Operational cycle: permit writers
- Permitting procedure: Permit writers and inspectors
It’s good practise that a permit writer and the inspector understands what is happening in the strategic part.