Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you need to restore the site you are working on to its original condition, carry out a site survey before you start work to provide a soil map: a detailed record of the soils present and their locations.
In your method statement, set out:
If appropriate, you must commit to undertake any necessary restoration works, for example soil loosening, that are identified by an assessment of soil condition after reinstatement.
In Scotland the stripping and removal of topsoil is subject to various controls. You must have planning permission to remove for sale, more than five cubic yards of surface soil from agricultural land in any three-month period.
Although this does not apply in Northern Ireland the stripping and removal of topsoil may be subject to other controls. Consult the Planning Service for more information.
The Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland and the Roads Authority in Scotland have the power to serve you with a notice that requires you to take action to prevent soil from that land being washed onto any roads next to your site.
Make sure you take all possible steps to prevent soil being washed off your site.
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