Article 12.

§1.
Any natural or legal person shall owe a file tax in the following cases:

when submitting a permit application in the first instance to the Government of Flanders or the regional environmental official;
when lodging an appeal against a decision in first instance regarding an application for an Environment Permit, except in the case of an appeal against a tacit refusal;
when lodging an appeal against a decision in the first instance regarding a request for an update, except in the case of an appeal against an implied refusal.

 
The appellants stated in article 53, 3° to 6° inclusive shall not owe a file tax.

§2.
The file tax shall amount to:

in the case of an application as stated in paragraph 1, 1° that is processed in accordance with the usual procedure: EUR 500;
 in all other cases referred to in paragraph 1: EUR 100.

 

§3.
The file tax shall be paid into the following account:

the account of the province in the case of appeals to the deputation;
the account of the Environmental Fund in the case of applications or appeals to the Government of Flanders.

 

§4.

The Government of Flanders can establish more specific rules regarding the file tax.