You will find your lawyer for environment and planning at ORYS

Law firm specialised in urban planning, spatial planning and environmental law

At ORYS, we have a team of lawyers specialised in specific aspects of the environment and planning law:

  • Urban development
  • Spatial planning
  • Environmental law

We offer advice, guidance and assistance in legal proceedings in these fields.

Our environment and planning law clients

We work for professionals from the construction sector:

  • Engineering offices
  • Architects
  • Project developers

Governments also call on our legal expertise in urban development, spatial planning and the environment and planning legislation:

  • Municipalities
  • Public authorities

But, of course, we also work for private persons when it comes to expropriations, urban development, environmental issues, etc.

Your lawyer for environmental, safety and welfare legislation

We are also completely at home in the extensive legislation relating to environment, safety and welfare. We provide advice and guidance to private persons, public authorities and companies for legal proceedings relating to the following matters:

  • Environmental permits
  • Environmental liability
  • Environmental criminal law
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Safety reporting
  • Waste issues
  • Soil legislation
  • Soil remediation
  • Earthmoving
  • Noise legislation
  • Water policy
  • Nature conservation
  • Manure issues
  • Energy legislation

Your lawyer for legal advice and guidance with regard to spatial planning, urban development and expropriation

Do you require advice or legal guidance relating to planning and the preparation of spatial planning and urban development plans? Are you facing expropriation, or aiming to start proceedings against area development plans? We can help you with:

  • Reviewing and checking the legality of plans
  • Starting formal proceedings against development plans and spatial implementation plans
  • Permit applications
  • Development plans
  • Structural plans
  • Spatial implementation plans
  • Application for a planning certificate for municipalities
  • Expropriation, both administrative and civil

We assist companies, public authorities and private persons in these matters.

Your lawyer for your permit application for real estate developments and construction projects

Whether you are a private person, a professional in the construction sector, a project developer or a municipal authority, the lawyer team of ORYS will assist you in all aspects of permit applications:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Discussions with the relevant authorities
  • Case compilation
  • Drafting cover notes in collaboration with architects and engineering offices
  • Statements of objection in public investigations
  • Appeal proceedings
  • Assistance in the sale of the project
  • For municipalities: drafting scripts for permit procedures
  • Applications for urban development permits and land subdivision permits

Upholding spatial planning, urban development and expropriation legislation

We also work for private persons when it comes to upholding the legislation relating to spatial planning, urban development and expropriation (criminal proceedings and restitution claims). For municipalities and companies that are active in outdoor recreation and lodging, we provide assistance and legal guidance in:

  • Drawing up the claim and restitution claim for the civil and criminal courts
  • Advice on protective legislation with regard to archaeological heritage, monuments and landscapes, and the implementation of roads and public green zones

Do you require advice and assistance from a lawyer for environment and planning law or environmental legislation?
We will support you in legal issues regarding planning, expropriation and permits.

Call +32 (0)2 410 10 66 or

Our specialist lawyers in environment and planning legislation, environmental law, spatial planning, expropriation and urban development

Thomas Ryckalts

Sofie Albert Orys Advocaten

Sofie Albert


Brecht Geebelen


Bruno Lenssens