Autoplay settings
Off On

Planning and Permitting Services

White outline of development plans on rural valley

Tetra Tech provides science-based, strategic solutions to obtain the necessary permits and authorizations required for projects to successfully advance from inception through completion.

Tetra Tech helps our clients navigate the tough regulatory process. By combining our Leading with Science® approach and leveraging our innovative Tetra Tech Delta technology solutions, we strive for smarter and more efficient outcomes that resonate with our clients. We provide comprehensive support throughout planning and permitting, drawing upon our global reach and resources while maintaining a deep understanding of local conditions.

Close up of people sitting at a table reviewing site plans

Regulatory Permitting and Compliance

A key to successful permitting is to avoid triggering major and protracted permitting processes that can lead to costly and lengthy project delays. Tetra Tech offers comprehensive planning and permitting services worldwide, assisting clients in navigating complex regulatory processes at federal, state and provincial, regional, and local levels. With a global presence, our expertise encompasses international permitting and compliance. Our extensive work on the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) demonstrates our commitment to providing exceptional solutions for various permitting challenges.

  • U.S. National Environmental Policy Act and state-equivalent program compliance
  • Utilities commissions regulatory compliance
  • Mandatory greenhouse gas reporting
  • Regulatory pathway identification and permitting risk analysis
  • International permitting
  • Resource management and mitigation plans
A Tetra Tech employee reviews field maps prior to monitoring stream conditions in Georgia

Environmental Assessments

Tetra Tech’s team of skilled environmental scientists, planners, and engineers conduct issue-driven analyses of potential environmental impacts associated with development components and activities, often prior to entering a regulatory process. We combine detailed baseline information with subject matter expertise to develop robust impact assessments.

  • Ecological constraints analyses and due diligence
  • Baseline environmental surveys and statistical analyses
  • Alternatives development and cumulative impact analyses
  • Irreplaceable/irretrievable commitment of resources analyses
  • Environmental justice impact statements
  • Indigenous ecological knowledge
David Bressler fills in data sheets aboard a Tetra Tech airboat in Florida

Biological/Ecological Resource Studies

Tetra Tech conducts biological and ecological resource studies and surveys throughout the world at any project scale, demonstrating our commitment to comprehensive environmental assessments on a global level.

  • Threatened and endangered species surveys
  • Wetland delineation and classification
  • Habitat and vegetation assessments and botanical inventories
  • Revegetation and reclamation monitoring
  • Avian use, breeding bird, and wintering bird surveys
  • Pollinator surveys
  • Bird and bat acoustic studies
  • Fish community/habitat assessments and environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling
  • Natural capital
Three people wearing safety vests conducting cultural resources studies in West Virginia

Cultural Resource/Archaeological Studies

Tetra Tech provides expertise in archaeological and historic architectural investigations to help projects comply with protections afforded to cultural resources around the globe.

  • Literature reviews
  • Cultural resource surveys
  • Evaluative cultural resource testing
  • Data recovery projects
  • Historic architectural surveys
  • Historic properties treatment plans/inadvertent discovery plans
  • Integrated cultural resource management plans
Open House for Colorado Power’s proposed pipeline project

Stakeholder Engagement

Tetra Tech helps our clients build long-term and meaningful relationships with the public, including economically disadvantaged and indigenous communities affected by project components or activities.

  • Meeting facilitation
  • Public information materials
  • Social and traditional media outreach
  • Virtual and in-person surveys
  • Virtual and in-person open houses/public meetings
  • Public comment management
  • Environmental justice issues

Connect with us. Reach out to our environmental solutions experts.

Our featured planning and permitting services highlights

Low emission, heavy-duty trucks lined up as part of the Tetra Tech-supported Clean Truck Program

Reducing Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California

Headshot of Michelle Frolich

Michelle Frolich, Project Manager of the Month, on Achieving Positive Outcomes for Biodiversity

Headshot of Heather Benfield

Heather Benfield, Project Manager of the Month, on Managing Complex Environmental Projects in California

Scroll to Top