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Researching the potential for contamination to be present

In a few simple steps you can get an initial indication as to the possibility of contamination being present at a particular property or piece of land:

  1. research the past and present land uses and identify the potential contaminants associated with those land uses and activities;

  2. check the status of the property under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and

  3. ascertain whether land contamination was dealt with when the property was built.

To help you research past and present land uses and potential contaminants we provide access to:

  • Historic maps and aerial photographs.

  • Closed landfill site records

  • Information about industries regulated under Pollution Prevention & Control legislation

  • Links to Environment Agency information and Industry Profiles.

Our website includes a section devoted to Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which contains the following:

  • Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy.

  • Public Register held under Section 78R.

  • Frequently asked questions.

With respect to whether land contamination was dealt with when a property was built, Planning Development Control and Building Control may hold relevant information and appropriate links are provided.

It is important to realise that simply identifying the possible presence of contamination doesn't mean there is a risk and it is not sufficient grounds upon which to base any determination under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Should you be unable to find the information you want you could consider making enquiries under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Historic maps & aerial photographs of Dudley borough

Historic maps and aerial photographs can be studied to determine the former use of land and identify potentially contaminative land uses such as industrial premises.

Dudley Council provides an online archive of historic mapping and aerial photography. The facility allows you to select an address and displays the current mapping at that location; you can then choose to view historic mapping and aerial imagery.

Please use the following link to access Dudley borough's historic maps and aerial photographs.

Planning & Building Control information

For more recent housing developments the potential for land contamination should have been considered and dealt with as part of the planning and development control process. Conditions may have been attached to the planning approval for a particular development requiring that certain investigations and remediation be carried out. Information about the planning history of a site and whether the requirements of planning conditions have been satisfied is available from the Planning Section.

The Building Control Section carries out the council’s statutory duty of applying Building Regulations to ensure that buildings are safe, energy efficient and accessible. Information about ground-related problems such as ground movement, instability, aggressive soil conditions, and contamination and ground gases is available from the Building Control Section.

Industry Profiles

The series of DOE Industry Profiles publications provide information on the processes, materials, wastes and potential contaminants associated with a variety of industrial activities and land uses. The 47 original publications are available on the CL:AIRE website. In addition, Defra has published an Industry Profile which focuses on land uses which may be subject to radiological contamination.

Useful links

Useful publications


  • Name Planning Help Desk
  • Address Contaminated Land, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 01384 814136
  • Opening Hours Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00pm, please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays