construction environmental regulations

There’s always a lot to consider when taking on new commercial real estate projects, but one thing you never want to overlook is the environmental regulations. There are plenty of rules to follow and running afoul of a local, state, or federal rule is just not something that you need to deal with. Fortunately, our Long Island, NY real estate litigation lawyers may be able to help you navigate these challenges.

How Can I Comply With Environmental Regulations?

There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and be sure that you are complying with any environmental regulations. The first, and most obvious, step is learning about which rules apply to your commercial real estate project. Our lawyers understand state and local regulations, so we can help you figure out which ordinances need to be followed. If we notice that anything is not right or that something has been overlooked, we can help you get into compliance.

You can also have an environmental site assessment performed. A Phase I assessment can help you uncover environmental liabilities before you even purchase a property or building. There are also additional assessments that can be completed to give you a better idea of any potential issues that could be encountered.

Finally, you want to be sure that you get any permits that are required for this kind of project, including ones relating to the environment. You could need stormwater permits, air emissions permits, and other credentials. You also need to comply with any regulations about waste disposal and management. Having everything prepared before the project begins can prevent headaches later on.

What if My Property Doesn’t Meet Environmental Regulations?

In some cases, a property that does not meet environmental standards can still be used for some projects. Some properties can be cleaned up to meet environmental regulations. There could even be local economic incentives for doing so. Additional assessments can make it easier to see what needs to be done to handle any contamination on a property.

Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

Having an attorney with you from the very beginning can help you make the most out of any investments though. We can help you properly evaluate properties and potential investments. We can help you get the right assessments done. We can even consult with the right regulators and agencies. Our firm cannot help you magically bypass all obstacles in a project, but you can be sure that your attorney will do everything in their power to assist you.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

You should do everything that you can to protect yourself in a commercial real estate transaction. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can make it easier to realize your plans and avoid mistakes that can result in harsh punishments from regulators. So contact David A. Gallo & Associates, LLP and schedule your consultation. We look forward to working with you.