Consultation on contaminated land management guidelines

This consultation has closed.

About the consultation

The Ministry for the Environment requested submissions on proposed revisions to:

  • Contaminated land management guideline No. 1: Reporting on contaminated sites in New Zealand
  • Contaminated land management guideline No. 5: Site investigation and analysis of soils.

Submissions on the proposed revisions closed on 8 March 2016 and were analysed.

The guidelines are incorporated by reference into the Resource Management (National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health) Regulations 2011. 

The guidelines are being revised as part of our interim review of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health. Find out more about the interim review.  

The proposed guideline revisions include:

  • changes to the information required for resource consent applications
  • clarification on the requirements for investigating and reporting on contaminated or potentially contaminated land
  • provision of flexibility for site/project specific requirements, while ensuring investigations and reports provide sufficient information for decision-makers.

Proposed revisions

We have released the draft revised guidelines for the purpose of facilitating consultation on the proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health (NESCS). We are working on including references to emerging contaminants, such as PFAS.

The final revised guidelines will be gazetted in 2019. Until then, the 2011 versions of Contaminated Land Management Guideline 1 and 5 are the ‘current editions’ for NESCS purposes. We will provide for a transitional period before the new versions of the guidelines are gazetted to allow for investigations currently being undertaken.

You can view the draft revised guidelines via the following links:

You can view the original versions of the guidelines via the following links:

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