Planning authorities, government agencies and industry use environmental audits to assess the condition of a site. The audit assesses risks to human health and the environment.
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An environmental audit looks at pollution at a site and the risk it poses. It assesses the condition of a site, or whether a site poses any risks for its proposed use.
Risks can include harm from:
Planning authorities, government agencies and industry use environmental audits. Sometimes people in the community may use environmental audits too when building or renovating. This helps them understand the condition of a site and its suitability for use. In some cases, there is a planning tool in place, called an environmental audit overlay. This means that an environmental audit must be done if the use of the site is going to be changed to a more sensitive use, such as residential housing or a childcare centre.
EPA maintains a searchable database. You can use it to search for a property and find out if it has had an environmental audit.
EPA is reforming the environmental audit system to improve the management of contaminated environments.
Reviewed 12 November 2019