Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund

About the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund

This page provides information about the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund and how it is administered. 

Purpose of the fund

The Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund (CSRF) provides $2.63 million in annual funding to regional councils and unitary authorities for the remediation of contaminated sites that pose a risk to human health and the environment. It is administered by the Ministry and is intended to support regional councils, unitary authorities and territorial authorities fulfil their obligations for contaminated land management under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Regional councils and unitary authorities are responsible for investigating land for the purposes of identifying and monitoring contamination. Territorial authorities are responsible for preventing or mitigating any adverse effects of the development, subdivision or use of contaminated land.

How the fund works

Regional councils and unitary authorities submit applications for funding to the Ministry on behalf of landowners that are seeking financial assistance to remediate their contaminated sites.

The Ministry prioritises funding to sites that pose the greatest risk to human health and the environment through the CSRF Priority List. All applications are assessed for inclusion on the list. The list is used to help the assessment panel decide where to allocate funding. The assessment panel provides funding recommendations for approval by the Minister for the Environment. Funding is allocated in April and October each year.