Land contamination for developers

Your responsibilities and our review service.

If you’re developing or buying land it’s your responsibility to investigate and deal with any land contamination issues.

It’s a good idea to appoint an experienced environmental consultant who can complete this work on your behalf and advise on your legal obligations.  You can find consultants in the Ends directory or by searching the internet.

Our services

We:

  • inspect land in the city to identify any that is contaminated and prioritise any level of risk from contamination
  • keep a contaminated land register, it currently has no entries
  • advise on development of land 
  • respond to pollution incidents

Review service

We offer a review service to assess potential contamination based on land information we hold. 

You can request a letter containing research and the contamination status of the property address.  This costs £38.50 and is generally available two weeks after we receive payment.

Alternatively, you can request an environmental report containing historic maps, a brief description of known historical industry and any known contamination issues within 250 meters of the property.  This costs £122.50 and is generally available within three weeks after we receive payment.

To request a review please contact us with the following information:

  • which type of search you require
  • the property address
  • your contact details

Also include a purchase order or reference number, so we can raise an invoice or send a cheque, made payable to Bristol City Council to our address below.

Pollution incidents

You can report any pollution incidents, such as leaks and spills. Call us on 0117 922 2500 option 4.

Contact information

Public Protection (Pollution)

City Hall

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

Email: pollution@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 2500 option 4