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Building and planning law

Public building and planning law represents one of our team's core competences.

We advise on project developments across the entire scope of modern residential forms, in the retail sector, which is currently undergoing a sea-change, and in the field of commercial property from the planning stage, through the securing of building permits and approval proceedings, right up to the official opening and commissioning, irrespective of whether the project is on a green-field site, involves the conversion of existing buildings or is located in an urban context.

The tight coordination of various types of use in terms of both space and function is a challenge which must be mastered in each individual case while taking account of the most diverse legal requirements. We are familiar with particular local requirements, such as the Regional Land-Use Plan for Frankfurt and the Rhine Main area, as well as with sector-specific provisions, for planning and building motorways and the corresponding ancillary operations, for instance, or usage restrictions under industrial accidents law, such as the Seveso III Directive.

Issues relating to the relevant state building codes and heritage conservation laws are often of particular significance. Increasing emphasis is also being placed at local-authority level on the redevelopment and conservation of existing buildings and sites, as well as the other instruments for redevelopment and improvement provided for of the German Building Code (Baugesetzbuch); through our broad range of work for local authorities, we also have experience in structuring the relevant legal framework.

The close coordination between our Public Law practice group and our public procurement expertise means that we are a leading service provider for investor selection procedures in the context of urban development projects or projects for (re-)developing certain elements of the social infrastructure, such as town halls, libraries, stadiums and swimming pools.

News & insights

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Publications: 06 MAY 2021

Collusion in public procurement - A “notice” from the Commission

On 15 March 2021, the European Commission (the Commission) published its long-awaited “Notice on tools to fight collusion in public procurement and on guidance on how to apply the related exclusion…

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office building

Publications: 04 MAY 2021

Mixed picture: Germany clarifies its FDI regime in view of high-tech and further sensitive companies

On 1 May 2021, the latest amendment of the German Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regime entered into force, following a decision of the German government as of 27 April 2021.

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Publications: 19 APRIL 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation: Mandatory testing offer

After weeks of tough wrangling, the Federal Cabinet has decided to oblige companies throughout Germany to offer coronavirus tests to their employees. This obligation will be included in the SARS-CoV-2…

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New German partners May21

News: 08 APRIL 2021

Allen & Overy sees strong growth with four new partners across three offices in Germany

Allen & Overy significantly strengthens its German set-up, adding four new partners to its offices in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg. German partnership grows by almost ten percent…

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