Contaminated Land

What is contaminated land?

Land contamination is usually caused by previous industrial use or the deposition of waste such as heavy metals, oils and tars, solvents, gases, asbestos and radioactive substances. The Council has a legal obligation to examine its area to identify and deal with contaminated land.

Legal definition

The legal definition set out in Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 defines contaminated land as "land where substances could cause significant harm to people or protected species and/or significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater".

Under the legsilation, the first obligation for the Council was to produce and adopt a Contaminated Land Strategy which was completed in 2001. An update to this strategy was produced in 2008. To request a copy of our current strategy, please email

Public register 

Dartford Borough Council is required Under Section 78(R) of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to maintain a Public Register of Contaminated Land. The public register is intended to act as a full and permanent record, open for public inspection, of all regulatory action taken by the enforcing authority in respect of the remediation of contaminated land, and will include information about the condition of land.

  • Currently, the register does not contain any entries.


If you require information from the Council as to the condition of land, you can obtain this by writing to the Environmental Health Services, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent DA1 1DR.

You should include a map that clearly defines the land in question. There is a minimum charge for providing this information, but please note that information may be limited, requiring you to undertake further searches or investigations depending on the extent of information you require.

Minimum charge: £144.00 inclusive of VAT for enquiries taking up to 2 hours plus standard photocopying charge.

For enquiries 2 hours and above: Hourly rate of £94.80 inclusive of VAT and standard photocopying charge