National Environmental Protection Agency [“NEPA”] is the sole responsible authority for the issuance of the Environmental Permit. The Environmental Law 2007 official gazette No: 912 and the Regulation on Evaluation of Environmental and Social Impacts 2017 official gazette No: 1276 stipulate the procedure for obtaining Environmental Permits as follow:
- Submission of application to NEPA (Environmental Impact Assessment & Sustainable Development Directorate)
- Evaluation of the application for the purpose to determine project impact on the environment. [Positive VS Negative]
- Appointment of EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Board of expert to reviewing, evaluating and considering the applications for technical recommendations
- NEPA is required to take into consideration the Board's recommendations/advices when issuing the permit. NEPA is obligated to provide/communicate its intent/ notify the application within 30 working days.
- NEPA can issue conditional permits when adverse effect of the project is not significant.