Information about contaminated land
Hazardous activities and industries
involve the use, storage or disposal of hazardous substances. These
substances can sometimes contaminate the soil, which can remain contaminated
for many years after the use has stopped. You can only know if the land is
actually contaminated by testing it. ECAN identifies land that has been
used for hazardous activities and industries. Once identified, it writes
to property owners with a complete information pack to let them know.
Land Register Online
The Listed Land Use Register (LLUR) is a publicly available database maintained
by ECAN (Environment Canterbury Regional Council) that identifies sites
where hazardous activities and industries have been located throughout Canterbury.
You can easily search whether a property is on this register at https://llur.ecan.govt.nz/.
Environment Canterbury has identified these sites and maintained the database
for some years but, since the Canterbury earthquakes, has sped up the process
because people rebuilding houses, repairing foundations or repairing
earthquake-damaged land (all of which means soil is disturbed) should know
about potential contamination before starting work.
If a property is not currently entered on the LLUR, it does not mean that an
activity with the potential to cause contamination has never occurred, or is
not currently occurring there. The LLUR is not complete, and new sites are
regularly being added as information is received and investigations conducted
by ECAN into current and historic land uses.
The LLUR only contains information held by Environment Canterbury in relation
to contaminated or potentially contaminated land; other information relevant to
potential contamination may be held in other files (for example consent and
If your enquiry relates to a farm property, note that many current and past
activities undertaken on farms may not be listed. Activities such as the
storage, formulation and disposal of pesticides, offal pits, foot rot troughs,
animal dips and underground or above ground fuel tanks have the potential to
How to use the website
Begin typing the address. This box is predictive
and as you type address options will appear.
Click on your chose address.
Scroll down below the picture box.
If the register holds information on that property, a
brown coloured box will appear that advises that “The Listed Land Register
has information relating to this land parcel."
There is then opportunity to request the full report by
entering your contact details.
If the register does not have information on that
property, the box is green and says “The Listed Land Use Register does not
currently have any information about a Hazardous Activities and Industries
List site on this land parcel.”
You can still obtain a report by
entering your details.
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