Environmental Approvals and Planning

Our environmental consultant team has the technical insight to help guide you through your project lifecycle's feasibility, development, and approvals stage. Delivering tailored and innovative solutions to address a wide range of legislative and regulatory requirements on a local, state, and national level.

As a project partner, you’ll access a compre­hen­sive package of envi­ron­men­tal approval and planning services to all levels of government, private and community sectors throughout Australia.

Our consid­er­able under­stand­ing of managing all necessary aspects of the approvals and planning process, from project inception to submission of envi­ron­men­tal approval docu­men­ta­tion and planning appli­ca­tions and negotiation with regulators, and finally to imple­men­ta­tion of agreed conditions.

  • Informed technical advice and services based on our in-depth under­stand­ing of the legislative require­ments specified under Local, State and Common­wealth legislation.
  • Long-standing rela­tion­ships with regulators and access to up-to-date advice.
  • Extensive experience delivering large complex projects and are familiar with envi­ron­men­tal and social inter­ac­tions pertinent to various regions of Australia.

Envi­ron­men­tal Approvals and Planning Services

  • Envi­ron­men­tal Approvals
  • Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Assessment (EIA) and Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Statements (EIS)
  • Envi­ron­men­tal Management
  • Envi­ron­men­tal Monitoring
  • Data Management and Analytics
  • Development Planning and Licensing
  • Permitting


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"CDM Smith developed the project methodology and proposal for engagement with Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) to provide strategic approvals advice for a multi-gigawatt renewable energy to green hydrogen production concept scope. The project involved aggregating a set of spatial data to determine constraints and oppor­tu­ni­ties for the concept, provided a regulatory risk review, approvals matrix, scheduling advice and articulated the analysis in a succinct report and presen­ta­tions to lay the foundations for the primary approvals of a conceptual Fortescue Future Industries green hydrogen production project."

- Fortescue Future Industries

Integrative & Adaptable

We know that custom solutions and innovation are key to success, and being flexible lets us respond to industry changes and help meet your needs. By fostering collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach, where possible, you’ll receive practical and effective solutions time and time again.


Technical Skill

Our local teams harness their skills and knowledge to deliver the best possible client outcome. Backed by global resources, we focus on remaining at the forefront of the industry.


Excellence in Efficiency

We’re focused on building efficiency in all areas of what we do. Delivering detailed results on time and within budget, complemented by clear, consistent communications.


Quality & Compliance

We pride ourselves in the quality of service and deliverables we provide our clients. Ensuring compliance with your OH&S requirements or any other regulations on-site. We undertake projects following third-party certified standards. 

We're here to help
Reach out to our team of experts to discuss your next environmental approvals or planning project.
Work with Us