The LLUR is a land use database that Environment Canterbury uses to manage information about land that is, or has been, associated with the use, storage or disposal of hazardous substances.
We need the LLUR to help us manage the risk posed by hazardous sites to your health and the environment.
Section 30 of the Resource Management Act requires Environment Canterbury to collect and manage information about potentially contaminated sites. To do this, we follow guidelines from the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). The information we collect also helps your local district or city council to fulfil its functions under the Resource Management Act. One of these is the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil, which came into effect on the 1st January 2012.
We identify sites to be included on the LLUR based on a list of land uses produced by MfE. This is called the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL). This helps us identify situations where hazardous substances could cause land and water (surface water and groundwater) contamination. The list includes land uses such as fuel storage sites, orchards, timber treatment yards, landfills and sheep dips.
If you are conducting an environmental investigation at your site, you will need to comply with the rules in the Regional Plan and send us a copy of the report. This means we can keep our records accurate and up-to-date, and we can assign your site an appropriate category on the LLUR.
We obtain site information from a range of reliable sources, including business directories, trade associations and aerial photographs. In addition, we also have a well established procedure for checking site information before categorising a site on the register.
If someone enquires about a site on the LLUR, we give them a summary of any information we hold, including the category assigned to the site and a list of investigation reports. We receive most enquiries from potential land buyers and environmental consultants. To enquire about a site, please contact us or visit our website.
We also use the information to prioritise sites for further investigation, remediation and management, to aid with planning, and to help assess resource consent applications. These are some of our other responsibilities under the Resource Management Act.
Once Environment Canterbury and a site owner verify a site's land use, we assign the site a category on the LLUR.
Please refer to the Site Categories and Definitions factsheet (pdf 335 kB) for further information.
The LLUR is an online database which we are continually updating, so although a site may not currently be registered on the LLUR, this does not necessarily mean that it hasn't been used for a HAIL use in the past.
You do not need to do anything if your site is on the LLUR and you have no plans to alter the site in any way. If you sell your property, or rent it, you should pass on any LLUR information to the prospective buyers or renters.
However, if you want to subdivide, change the land use, disturb the soil or remove or replace a fuel storage system on your site, you need to comply with the National Environmental Standard for Contaminants in Soil. Your local district or city council is required to give effect to, and enforce, the Standard, so contact them for further information.
For your own peace of mind, you may choose to have your site further investigated, but you may also choose not to do anything. That decision will rest with you.
If you have an environmental investigation undertaken at your site, it is important that you send us the results and we will review the site's category based on the information you provide. Similarly, if you have information that clearly shows your site has not been associated with hazardous activities, or if other hazardous activities have occurred which we have not listed, we need to know about it so that our records are accurate.
If we have incorrectly identified that a HAIL activity has occurred at a site, the property will be not be removed from the LLUR but categorised as Verified Non-HAIL. This helps us to ensure that the same site is not re-identified in the future.
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