Wolf Theiss

Environmental & Planning Law

Considering environmental issues at an early stage of transaction planning is essential to save time, money and nerves. The provisions of environmental law play an increasingly important role in corporate acquisitions, as well as in the planning and implementation of energy and infrastructure projects, project development and commercial and industrial plant permitting, and are crucial for the rapid and efficient implementation of projects. The multitude of national and European laws as well as the many regulations contained in various different laws makes it increasingly difficult to obtain a clear and comprehensive picture of the legal requirements. Through their years of experience in this field, our environmental law specialists are ideally equipped to filter out and handle the relevant questions; leading your project to success.


Birgit Kraml
T. +43 1 51510 5360
F. +43 1 51510 665360
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Kurt Retter
T. +43 1 51510 5240
F. +43 1 51510 665240
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Areas of Specialisation

Our services include:

Environmental Impact Assessments

  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
  • EIA determination and complaint procedures

Business Plant Law

  • Procedures for obtaining general and special plant permits
  • "Blocking procedures" in connection with plant permits
  • Procedures to determine health risks in connection with plant permits

Zoning Law

  • Achieving or preventing decisions under zoning law
  • Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA)
  • SEA determination procedures
  • Advising on “encroaching residential areas” and on nature conservation interests as part of the zoning process

Water Law

  • Flood protection and hydropower projects
  • Subsidies for flood protection, hydropower and infrastructure projects

Nature Conservation

  • Nature Impact Assessments (NIA)
  • NIA determination and complaint procedures (also involving the EU Commission)
  • Defining projects as "within or outside local areas"
  • Assessing projects in accordance with nature conservation law

Construction Law

  • Construction procedures; especially in connection with EIA or plant permit procedures
  • Structuring procedures, e.g., with respect to the legal implications of monument conservation

Waste Law

  • Plant permits and approval procedures for waste plants
  • Issues regarding the remediation of contaminated sites

Forestry Law

  • Procedures for achieving clearing permits
  • Presentation of public interests

Expropriation Proceedings

  • Expropriation proceedings and reassessment procedures
  • Property evaluation

Monument Conservation

  • Exemption procedures
  • Preventing legal protection

Highways and Roads Regulations

Railway Construction Law

Aviation Infrastructure Law

Energy & High Voltage Transmission Law

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Wien, 3. Juli 2018 – Birgit Kraml und Leopold Höher steigen bei Wolf Theiss zu Partnern auf. Kraml ist seit 2001 bei Wolf Theiss tätig, seit 2004 für...

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Wien, 23.2.2018 – Österreichs größte Anwaltssozietät Wolf Theiss baut das Beratungsangebot der Praxisgruppe Öffentliches Wirtschaftsrecht weiter aus....


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Newssquare  Revolution in Residential Development

On 22 August 2018 a new Act on facilitating the preparation and implementation of residential and accompanying investments came into force. The law...

Newssquare  Potential Reforms in Real Estate Law

The new Austrian government was sworn in on December 18, 2017 and thereby also presented its government program which deals, among other things, with...

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In September 2017, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development announced a project with the goal of modifying specific laws concerning the real...

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The large-scale acquisition of farmland in CEE countries has been a highly debated topic for some time. This is mainly due to the relatively low price...

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