The Los Angeles Department of City Planning has created a standard list of consultants from which applicants will be required to hire when preparing environmental content pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act for development projects. Each consultant on the City’s standard list will be required to have a contract with the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning that guides the terms, conditions, and performance standards for the required work. Effective April 30, 2021, applicants will be required to select from among the following City-approved firms:
- AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
- Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
- CAJA Environmental Services, LLC
- CDM Smith Inc.
- Chambers Group Inc.
- EcoTierra Consulting, Inc.
- Envicom Corporation
- Environmental Science Associates
- Eyestone Environmental
- FCS International, Inc.
- ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc.
- Impact Sciences, Inc.
- Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
- LSA Associates, Inc.
- Meridian Consultants LLC
- Michael Baker International, Inc.
- Parker Environmental Consultants
- Rincon Consultants, Inc.
- Sirius Environmental, Inc.
- Terry A. Hayes Associates Inc.
- UltraSystems Environmental, Inc.
- Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.
Applicants who have filed their applications and paid their fees with the City prior to April 30, 2021 may continue to use the firm that they previously selected for that particular project until that project is completed. As of April 30, 2021, however, applicants must use one of the consultants referenced above.
The selection process for awarding environmental consulting services work to consultants on the City’s pre-qualified list will be determined by the applicant. The applicant will enter into a direct contract with their selected consultant governing the full scope of their arrangement. The scope of that contract between the applicant and their selected consultant must be developed in compliance with the Environmental Review Criteria and Performance Standards identified in Exhibit I of the consultant’s contract with the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning and must comply with all relevant terms and conditions set forth in said contract.
The City does not guarantee project awards to any consultants on this pre-qualified list, as applicants are solely responsible for the selection and payment of their consultants.
In order to ensure that an approved consultant has been selected, applicants must provide notice of their consultant selection to the City in writing upon the sooner of six months after an Environmental Assessment Form is submitted to the City or in advance of producing any CEQA drafts. All work prepared by the consultant will be performed for, on behalf of, and at the direction of the City of Los Angeles. The City retains the right to update this list as needed.
Please note, that as part of the Department’s review of Environmental Impact Reports, Planning staff will be evaluating EIRs against the Environmental Review Criteria and Performance Standards (released in November 2020).