Environmental, Municipal
and Planning Law


For over 38 years, Garrod Pickfield LLP has delivered proactive cost effective legal services to municipalities, land developers, conservation authorities, community groups and individuals in the field of environmental, municipal and planning law.

We serve clients across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as well as Guelph, Kitchener Waterloo and southwestern Ontario, and act for urban and rural municipalities as well as private developers and property owners and other stakeholders. Our experience, knowledge and familiarity with current environmental, land-use planning and municipal laws, policies and practices enables us to get the bottom line quickly and produce results for our client.

We act, on an ongoing basis, for a substantial number of urban and rural municipalities throughout this region, as well as private developer and other stakeholders. Our experience and familiarity with current municipal, environmental, and planning laws, policies and practices enable us to get to the bottom line quickly and produce results for our clients.

Key Practice Areas

Municipal Legal Support
Our services for municipalities include general advice and counsel as well as representation before Boards and Tribunals and the Courts. Our lawyers don’t just drop off legal opinions and leave; we work with your team to ensure understanding of the legal aspects of the situation and to craft practical solutions and avoid disputes.

Our firm has extensive experience in obtaining land development or environmental approvals, and achieving client objectives in a cost-effective and timely way.

Environmental charges and orders
Our firm has extensive experience in dealing with contaminated site issues and can help find efficient solutions in dealing with matters involving the Ministry of the Environment and the Environmental Review Tribunal and resolve efficiently.

Rural land issues
We have an in-depth understanding of the special rules and regulations governing land development and resource management for farms, resource-based businesses, and other clients working in rural areas.