Contaminated land

Contaminated land can cause significant harm, or pose a risk of significant harm, because of dangerous substances in, on or under that land. Land may become contaminated as a result of industrial disposal, leakage or spillage of substances.

Owner / developer responsibilities

If you are the owner or developer of a site it is your responsibility to investigate and address land contamination issues, and to make sure that any future development is safe and suitable for use.

We strongly recommend that you appoint qualified, experienced and competent environmental consultants who can investigate any land contamination issues on your behalf, and can advise you on your legal obligations.

Get advice on contaminated land from the Environment Agency.

Our responsibilities

We make sure that developers carry out the necessary site investigations, put forward proposals for dealing with identified contamination, and implement them responsibly and effectively.

Requesting information

We hold some information which can be used to help assess whether or not land may be contaminated.

You can obtain the factual information we hold through Environmental Information Requests (EIR), but you can only use the information for research, review or non-commercial purposes.

Find out more about Environmental Information Requests.