Environmental audits look at site conditions or activities to assess potential risks. This may be because there is a proposed change in the use of a site. Or it could be to consider an issue that might exist at an industrial facility. Risks can include harm from: 

  • waste 
  • noise pollution 
  • industrial processes or activities 
  • contamination of land or water. 

Planning authorities, government agencies and industry use environmental audits. Sometimes community members also use environmental audits when building or renovating. This helps them understand the condition of a site and its suitability for use.  

You can use EPA’s Interaction Portal to search for a property and find out if it has an environmental audit. 

Find out more about environmental auditing

Reviewed 2 July 2020