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Find out about pollution and previous land use

We have access to data and records relating to previous uses of land and premises. This includes ground contamination or the potential for ground contamination.

We have a duty to provide this information to you on request. You can learn more about this duty in The Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We have a duty to maintain public registers relating to:

  • integrated pollution prevention and control
  • waste management
  • contaminated land

You can learn more about this duty in the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Get a report on previous use of a specific location

If you need detailed information about a specific location, we can provide a report. There is a fee for this.

If the property is not residential, we will need to know the site boundary. Please be clear if there is a specific reason for this report in your contact with us. These reports may be needed by:

  • people buying a house
  • solicitors
  • developers
  • consultants

Email us to request a report. We will give you a quote after receiving your enquiry, and before any work begins.

If you accept the quote, you can make your payment online. We will not begin work before we receive payment.

Public registers

Our environmental protection public registers includes information on:

  • waste management licences
  • radioactive substances
  • contaminated land
  • part A (2) and part B installations

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) public registers include information on:

  • waste carriers, brokers and dealers
  • waste operations
  • discharges to water and groundwater
  • water quality exemptions
  • radioactive substances
  • end of life vehicles
  • installations

Contact information

Before contacting us, please check to see if we can answer your question from our online information.

Write to us:

Environmental Protection, Zone 2K Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DG

Business hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm

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