Contaminated land management guidelines No. 1: Reporting on contaminated sites in New Zealand (revised 2011)

Publication date: 
April 2011
Publication reference number: 
ME 1071

We have recently consulted on updates to the Contaminated Land Management Guideline 1 and Contaminated Land Management Guideline 5. Submissions on the proposed revisions closed at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 8 March 2016. To find out more about the proposed updates see Consultation on contaminated land management guidelines.

This guideline has been developed through a partnership between the Ministry for the Environment, regional councils and unitary authorities to ensure consistency in the reporting on contaminated sites.

The guideline includes checklists for reporting requirements for contaminated sites and for the removal of petroleum underground storage tanks, which are available as separate documents.

Changes from the 2003 version

This guideline had minor updates in October 2011 including:

If you need a copy of the previous guidelines for historical or research purposes please email

For more information on the NES, visit the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health web page.