Contaminated land
Last updated: 4 September 2019

Who decides if land is contaminated

Your land could be investigated for a number of reasons, including when:

  • land is sold, let, used or otherwise transferred
  • land is proposed for development
  • local councils inspect land in their area
  • an application is made for an environmental permit or other licence
  • land is polluted

Your local council will decide who's responsible if the land is contaminated - it will also tell:

The Environment Agency has more information about the contaminated land exposure assessment (CLEA) tool.