Environmental Permitting & Compliance

Protecting the environment and our clients.

As environmental concerns grow, so do permitting and compliance requirements from federal and state governments. Some states are leading the way with green initiatives and others are taking more aggressive measures to protect natural resources. It’s an ever-changing, increasing, and complex array of regulations that impact any project involving the natural environment.

LaBella offers permitting and compliance services throughout the eastern U.S. and select sections of the central U.S. Our wetland, ecology, and geology professionals perform all due diligence-related studies and reports to help support the development of a project. We have staff that are experts in federal, state, and local permitting in their respective regions up and down the East Coast. Our professionals can help you navigate through applicable regulations and project impacts to natural resources. We also have a full-service compliance group to provide oversight and guidance during the various construction phases of a project, ranging from environmental, agricultural, and stormwater inspections to spoils management and air monitoring.

Our compliance and permitting specialists have excellent relationships with key agencies to help ensure project objectives are met. We provide hands-on support at every stage, including project planning, construction, and operations and maintenance. Our team’s in-depth knowledge, proactive approach, and vast regulatory experience ensures efficiency. And our respect for your business objectives means project success. It is possible to satisfy all regulatory requirements and achieve your business and project goals.

Talk to a LaBella Expert

Seth Davis, MS
Program Manager
Rochester, NY

(585) 295-6659

Shelby Sova
Rochester Program Manager
Rochester, NY

(585) 295-6618

Kaelyn Davis, PWS
Virginia Environmental Manager
Richmond, VA

(804) 301-4424

Since the establishment of our permitting and compliance program in 2016:

> 30

Total number of government agencies we have worked with.


Total number of permits we have coordinated. Also, total number of environmental inspections for construction projects we have staffed.

> 200

Total number of miles of Article VII (12 projects).

Environmental Compliance

LaBella offers permitting and compliance services throughout the eastern U.S. and select sections of the central U.S.

  • Wetland Delineations, Assessments, & Associated Permitting
  • Wetland Mitigation Site Design, Implementation, & Monitoring
  • Forestry & Vegetation Management
  • Preparation of Environmental Assessment Forms
  • Siting/Routing Analysis
  • Preparation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) & Associated Inspections
  • Climate Resiliency
  • Invasive Species Surveys
  • Rare, Threatened, & Endangered Species Evaluation, Survey, & Monitoring
  • Agricultural Monitoring & Oversight
  • Environmental Monitoring & Oversight
  • Air Permitting & Monitoring
  • Spoils & Solid Waste Management
  • Area of Potential Environmental Concern (APEC) Studies
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Notices & Requirements
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews
  • New York: Article VII & 94-c Permitting
  • Hazardous Waste Contingency Plans
  • Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
  • Environmental Compliance Audits
  • Engineering Design Services
  • Facility Inspections

Petroleum System Compliance

  • Tank System Inspections, Assessments, & Removals
  • Advanced System Controls
  • UST Operator Training
  • Emergency Response
  • Expert Witness & Legal Support Services
  • Notice of Violation Resolution
  • Investigation & Remediation

Climate Resilience Services

Here at LaBella, we have the expertise and experience to help our communities adapt to a changing climate and build more resilient communities. Our focus is on helping municipalities, businesses, and homeowners adjust to the effects of climate change by utilizing natural systems to the greatest extent possible.

From stream and habitat restoration to invasive species control, shoreline stabilization to carbon sequestration, and green infrastructure design to flood risk management, LaBella’s climate resilience team is here to help our communities acclimate to a changing future.


Featured Insight

What is Climate Resilience?

As we march into the 21st century, there is a need for a more thoughtful and holistic design of our communities. “Green” measures such as energy-efficient buildings, the reduction of organic waste deposition into landfills, vehicle fleet electrification, and the use of natural systems to combat the effects of a changing climate are critical.

These are examples of sustainability because they can be maintained and continued over an extended period of time. Additionally, we need to plan for a changing climate to build communities that can withstand more extreme weather events. This is called climate resilience.

To learn more about climate resilience and how it affects the design of our communities, check out our deep dive on the topic provided by our Environmental Engineer, Jared Pristach, PE.

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