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Telecommunications have become a lifeline in today’s world. As societies around the globe become even more interconnected, wireless providers must respond rapidly to meet demand and stay relevant. As a result, an accelerated and continuous approach is necessary to expand networks and upgrade facilities. In a heavily regulated industry, this isn’t always easy. However, when partnering with HELIX Environmental Planning, telecommunications clients receive the expert guidance necessary to navigate complicated regulations and requirements.

Extensive Environmental Compliance Expertise

We manage early planning documentation, environmental regulatory processes, and documentation requirements for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). HELIX provides thorough and efficient compliance services to minimize environmental risks, keep projects on a fast track, and reduce future costs. HELIX brings an in-depth understanding of the complexities of working with federal, state and local agencies. We have experience in environmental planning and permitting services for cell phone towers and telecommunication infrastructure as it relates to CEQA/NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Protection Act, and National Historic Preservation Act.

A Range of Services

We provide compliance services to the telecommunications industry, including:

Cultural resource management

    • Record searches, archival literature review, surveys, testing, and monitoring
    • Architectural Evaluations for National Register of Historic Places
    • Local/State/Federal agency consultation
    • Historic contexts and land use studies, Historic American Building Survey/Historic
    • American Engineering Record recordation

Biological resource management

    • Biological impact analysis
    • Focused species surveys and monitoring
    • Arborist surveys and studies
    • Wetland delineations

Noise/acoustical studies


Our clients have included all major carriers – T-Mobile West, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, Crown Castle, American Tower Corporation, Cricket Communications, and SBA. Our work includes multi-discipline environmental compliance with experienced teams of biologists and archaeologists, as well as providing services such as habitat restoration and revegetation, and mitigation monitoring, among others.