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.