Land contamination risk management (LCRM)

How to assess and manage the risks from land contamination.

Applies to England, Northern Ireland and Wales



The Environment Agency expects you to follow this guidance if you are managing the risks from land contamination.

If you use this guidance outside England, check with the relevant regulator about its suitability.

You can use this guidance in Wales but you must also see land contamination: our role in managing and dealing with land contamination for any different requirements.

For Northern Ireland, you must also refer to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs practice guide – redeveloping land affected by contamination.

Local authorities and other regulators may also provide additional guidance.

Published 8 October 2020
Last updated 19 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated the section on chemical testing of soils (in LCRM: Stage 1 risk assessment) with a new protocol for using rapid measurement techniques. Added a new section on the CL:AIRE gas protection verification accreditation scheme. Added a reference to Natural Resources Wales who have now adopted the guidance.

  2. First published.