Article 68.

The Environment Permit is valid for an indefinite period.

By way of derogation from subparagraph 1, the competent authority can grant an Environment Permit for a limited term, wholly or in part, in the following cases:

1 at the request of the permit applicant;
2 for projects that only involve temporary facilities or activities as stated in article 5.2.1, 2, subparagraph 2 of the DABM;
3 if the operation relates to groundwater extraction or mining;
4 if a trial Environment Permit is required;
5 with a view to relocating the operation of the classified facility or activity that is incompatible with the spatial purpose;
6 if, in application of article 4.4.4 or 4.4.23 of the VCRO, an Environment Permit for a limited term is deemed possible for a project that infringes an urban development requirement;
7 to be able to take account of:
a) the locatable area-specific development perspectives included in a spatial structure plan or spatial policy plan made definitive before the application for an Environment Permit is submitted;
b) the urban development requirements of a regional spatial plan;
8 for constructions that, due to their nature, are temporary in character;
9 for changes to the operation of a classified facility or activity for which the initial limited-term Environment Permit was granted.
10 for projects involving retail activities and licensed for no more than 12 months in an existing, licensed or predominantly licensed building or in temporary licensed or licence-exempt structures.

The limited-term permit that is granted on the basis of subparagraph 2, 7, a) shall be regarded as having been granted for an indefinite period if, at the end of the duration of the permit, the area-specific development perspectives are not enshrined in a regional spatial plan made definitive.

For the purpose of subparagraph 2, the Government of Flanders can establish the minimum and maximum period of validity of the Environment Permit.