Local authorities

Interaction with local authorities is at its most active during the permitting phases, which vary depending on the country and region. This could include town hall meetings, permitting hearings or public comments. While the precise nature, form and timeframe of these assessments varies among jurisdictions, similar factors are taken into account by most relevant authorities in deciding whether or not to permit a project. This includes visual impact, noise (particularly in populated areas) environmental impact, effect on local historical, archaeological or other protected sites, topographical and other site characteristics such as ground conditions and hydrology and many other issues.