Article 29.

If the council of mayor and aldermen is the competent authority, and no advice from an Environment Permit committee is required, the municipal environmental officer prepares a report for every decision on a permit application, which is part of the permit file. Where appropriate, the report assesses the application against the grounds for assessment determined by or pursuant to:

1 title IV of the VCRO;
2 title V of the DABM;
3 he decree of 15 July concerning the integral trade establishment policy.
4 the decree of 21 October 1997 on nature conservation and the natural environment;

Where appropriate, the report shall include a proposed response to the positions, comments and objections submitted during any public inquiry.

The municipal environmental officer makes this report available to the board of the Mayor and Aldermen at the latest ten days before the expiry of the confirmed or, where appropriate, extended decision period. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will indicate in their reasoning for the decision how the report will be taken into account. If no report is made within the confirmed or, where appropriate, extended period, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may disregard the requirement for a report.

Paragraph 1 applies mutatis mutandis to the deputation and the provincial environmental officer.