The environment ministry of the German state of Brandenburg said on Wednesday that Tesla (TSLA.O) and relevant authorities have submitted all of the documentation required for the clearance procedure for its proposed facility near Berlin.
According to the ministry, the clearance procedure is still underway.
Tesla could not be reached for comment right away.
It was uncertain when the first automobiles would roll off the assembly line at the site due to environmental objections and red tape. Dietmar Woidke, the Premier of Brandenburg, has hinted that a decision might be made in early 2022.
Tesla has had to frequently postpone the factory’s scheduled launch, and CEO Elon Musk has visited Germany on a regular basis to check on its development, criticising German bureaucracy for dragging down construction.
The development plans had to go through the second round of public consultation when Tesla enlarged its initial proposal to include a battery facility, which ended on Nov. 22.
A final building permit requires a response to any objections presented during the consultation.
Tesla is currently just working on the factory based on preliminary building permissions.
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