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We have your best interests in mind, and your company’s goals are ours too. Our planning lawyers work to ensure all environment and planning law requirements, procedures, reports and paperwork are in place to ensure your business gains approval, objections are mitigated and any damages are minimised and controlled.

With 45 years of experience and a diverse client list, past cases include wind farms, marinas, daycare centres, mines, contaminated land prosecutions and land clearing. Our Sydney team consists of dual-qualified environmental planning lawyers and town planners as well as Law Society accredited specialists in Local Government Law and Planning law – something few other firms could boast.

We offer a range of planning and environmental law services, including:

Environmental due diligence – we ensure your company’s property or activity is thoroughly assessed, and all potential environmental risks are managed. We provide advice on how to manage liabilities with site-specific properties and activities to avoid or reduce penalties and fines.

Land contamination and audits – we prepare and organise audits and inspections to gain EPA approvals and ensure your company is protected from potential liabilities and penalties associated with contaminated land.

Environmental planning – we help to ensure your company has met its legal requirements while protecting it from any possible liabilities. We also assist in:

• development proposal preparation and variations
• negotiations of voluntary planning agreements

Environmental approvals – we prepare all paperwork for the successful approval of environmental activities to ensure all legal requirements and mitigation strategies are included regarding residents and the public for:

• road closures
• land clearing
• bushfire management

Land and Environment Court appeals – our environmental lawyers act on behalf of Sydney councils and private clients in matters relating to development proposals, dispute management, land contamination, and so on.

Environment and Planning Law FAQs

What does Environmental and Planning Law cover?

Our Environmental and Planning Lawyers advise clients on areas such as town planning, development assessment, environment, land access, heritage and compulsory land acquisition and compensation. Matters can be dealt with in court or through other dispute resolution processes.

What's involved in subdividing property?

Subdividing land requires following a strict process for approval and development. The process includes a feasibility assessment, surveys, Development Application with local Council, a Plan of Subdivision, the creation of easements and restrictions and the lodgement of the Deposited Plan for creation of Title documents.

Can I appeal a heritage-listing?

You cannot appeal a heritage listing just because you disagree with the decision to list, however, the validity of the decision can be challenged in the Land and Environment Court if you believe the correct legal process was not followed when making the listing.

Can you assist with Environment Protection Authority investigations?

Our environmental lawyers in Sydney have assisted Federal, State and Local Governments, developers, and waste service providers of all sizes with issues related to land contamination and audits. Have a look at our waste regulations and environmental law page to learn more about Environment Protection Authority investigations or contact us today.

If you are looking for an environmental law specialist in Sydney. We can help. For more information regarding our Planning and Environmental Law services, or to make an appointment, speak to one of our experienced planning lawyers on 02 8318 0788.

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    Our Environment and Planning Law Lawyers

    managing partner jason hones

    Jason Hones

    partner gavin shapiro

    Gavin Shapiro

    special counsel susan hill

    Susan Hill

    special counsel lesley finn

    Lesley Finn

    associate peter clarke

    Peter Clarke

    serafina carrington solicitor

    Serafina Carrington