Tips for searching the CLM record of notices
Why are there three different ways of searching changes?
The three different types of search make it as easy as possible to find the information you are looking for
- Search 1 allows you to narrow down your search by entering information in more than one field.
- Search 2 is for people who have a notice number or an area number. By typing this number in you can quickly go the site in which you are interested.
- Search 3 is designed to provide the greatest number of sites possible – just type in what you are looking for.
I want to know if my site is on the record.
The best way to search the record for a particular property is to find out which local government area (LGA, also known as local council area) the property is in and select that LGA in Search 1. If no sites are found then there aren't any notices issued in relation to properties in that LGA. If results are found then read through the list of properties in the search results carefully to see if any of the properties could be yours. Keep in mind the fact that large industrial sites can be turned into new subdivisions with different street names, different Lot and DP numbers and even different suburb names. The public record has the names and numbers as they were when the particular notice was issued.
I am having problems searching by Local Government Area.
Should a search by the "LGA" field not return a match to a particular site, you may wish to confirm the result by also searching the "Suburbs" field.
The Department of Local Government is currently in the process of adjusting Local Government boundaries and merging Local Government Authorities. During this time of change some information on the record relating to Local Government Areas (LGAs) may become out of date, however we are endeavouring to keep our LGA records as up to date as possible.
For more information about changes to LGA boundaries please refer to the Department of Local Government website www.dlg.nsw.gov.au.
I want to know which contaminated sites a particular company is involved with.
Type in all variations of the company name without Pty or Ltd in the 'Name' field in Search 1 or in Search 3 to find all sites with this name.
How do I search for a particular type of contamination?
Sometimes the text of a notice on the public record will contain information on the contaminants of concern at the site. In order to find notices which refer to a certain type of contaminant, enter the name of the contaminant (eg dioxin) in the 'Text of notices' field in Search 1, or use Search 3. If the contaminant is known by more than one name, enter all names (e.g. dioxin TCDD) as the website will search for any of the words entered. To narrow down a search use Search 1 and enter the name of the contaminant with other information such as a company name or an LGA.
I want to know how many notices of a particular type the EPA has issued.
Select the type of notice in which you are interested from 'Notice type' in Search 1. Remember that notices issued under section 35 or section 36 of the Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Act 1985 are deemed by the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 to be management orders.
I have a contaminated site and want to go straight to information about it.
If you know the area number for a site, or the number of a specific notice relating to the site, enter the number in Search 2.
Why can't I search by Lot and DP?
The Lot and DP numbers in a notice on the record were accurate at the time the notice was issued but the land may have since been allocated new Lot and DP numbers and therefore searching for a current Lot and DP number against the record may not find a notice that has been issued in relation to the site. Additionally, in the earlier days of regulation of contaminated sites it was not routine for the EPA to describe a site by Lot and DP and therefore this information is not always on the notice.
Can I do logic searches (e.g. and, or, not)?
The record is not currently set up to accept logic searches. Each field will search for all the entered terms on an OR basis. For example if you were to do a text search for [lead arsenic DDT] then the text of the notices would be searched for [lead OR arsenic OR ddt] (note that the searches are not case sensitive). You may search for a phrase using double quotation marks for example ["buried drums"]. This search will only find notices that contain that exact phrase while [buried drums] will find any notice that contains either "buried" or "drums" or both.
Page last updated: 10 May 2013