Planning and Approvals

Effective negotiation of the complex planning and approvals process is important to the success of your project. Whether it be a small residential development, Precinct Structure Plan or state significant project, advisors who understand your project objectives and have detailed knowledge of the regulatory and legislative framework is essential.

Our consultant team has the necessary specialist expertise, and excellent working relationships with approval authorities to achieve positive results for your project.

Key Services

  • EBPC Act referrals
  • Ecological and cultural heritage assessments and management plans
  • Expert witness
  • Permit and licence applications
  • Planning advice and due diligence
  • Precinct Structure Planning
  • Statutory and strategic land use planning

How You Benefit

  • During the planning phase of a development, we identify areas of natural and cultural sensitivity to understand risk implications and improve planning.
  • Our advice takes into account the scale, complexity, timing and legislative requirements of a project which means clients can progress efficiently and cost effectively.
  • The capability to provide simple or complex advice, small or large-scale services, allows us to provide efficient¬†continuity of the project team throughout the life of a project.
  • Excellent working relationships with key stakeholders and regulatory authorities to streamline the approval and development process.
  • Our independent and pragmatic advice will strengthen the integrity of a project should any appeals or challenges arise.
  • Strong project management throughout all stages of a project to meet timelines and budgets.

Meeting Permit Conditions

Our team will work with you to efficiently address permit approval conditions such as ecological assessments and management plans, Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs), and environmental monitoring, auditing and compliance requirements.

Permit and Licence Applications

When we prepare permit and licence applications for your project, we liaise with key stakeholders and approval authorities, and ensure they are of the highest standard to facilitate a smooth approval process.

Planning Advice

Our cultural and natural heritage teams are committed to delivering independent and pragmatic advice during the planning and approval stage of your project. Early assessments and interpretation give you guidance around project planning and design and provide direction on the mitigation of ecological and heritage impacts.

Accurate and timely advice in regards to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), state government environmental and planning legislation, and relevant local council policies assists you to minimise the delays and costs of development.

Lastly, the value to a project of protecting natural assets is often underestimated. Our advice can assist you to add value through the enhancement natural and cultural heritage values and to achieve highly-regarded sustainable outcomes.

Appeals Tribunals and Panel Hearings

At Ecology and Heritage Partners, directors and senior consultants have extensive experience acting as expert witnesses on ecological and heritage matters at appeals tribunals and planning panels. Our expertise is respected for being impartial and of the highest technical standard.

Learn more about our expert witness services

Further Information

To discuss how your project can benefit during the planning and approval stage, contact our team on 1300 839 325.


  • Community engagement
  • Due diligence assessments¬†
  • Environmental Effects Statements / Environmental Impact Assessments
  • EPBC Act referral preparation and approvals
  • Expert evidence (appeals tribunals and panel hearings)
  • Opportunities and constraints analysis
  • Peer review
  • Precinct structure planning
  • Preliminary planning and due diligence
  • Statutory and strategic land use planning and impact assessment
  • Strategic conservation planning


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