Town Planning, Local Government & Environmental Law

We can provide property developers, local councils, business and individuals with advice and representation in relation to a range of issues, including:

  • rezoning applications and development applications;
  • interpretation of planning legislation;
  • appeals to the Land & Environment Court for applicants, Councils and objectors;
  • general enforcement issues involving local councils, including in respect of alleged unlawful developments;
  • judicial challenges to planning decisions;
  • drafting of objections to development applications;
  • environmental and development related compliance;
  • contaminated land; and
  • environmental offences and prosecutions, including in respect of tree clearing and pollution.

We can provide advice and representation to local councils, businesses and individuals in relation to legal matters associated with local government including:

  • advice under the Local Government Act 1993 including in relation to tendering, Code of Conduct matters, meeting practice and Council powers;
  • advice in relation to access to government information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009;
  • management of Council and Crown lands;
  • compulsory acquisitions;
  • privacy legislation; and
  • general Council enforcement matters including investigations, prosecutions, the issuing of enforcement orders, parking offences, and issues arising under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and the Food Act 2003.