Local authorities—powers to investigate environmental crime
Produced in partnership with Laura Phillips of 6 Pump Court
Local authorities—powers to investigate environmental crime

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Laura Phillips of 6 Pump Court provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Local authorities—powers to investigate environmental crime
  • When do local authorities investigate environmental offences?
  • What powers are available to local authorities for the investigation of offences?
  • Powers of entry
  • Power to obtain information/question
  • Offences relating to s 108 powers
  • Other powers and related offences
  • Power to require information
  • Power to seize vehicles suspected of being involved in the illegal transport of waste
  • Power to require the removal of waste unlawfully kept or disposed of in or on land
  • More...

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When do local authorities investigate environmental offences?

Environmental offences cover a broad range of crimes which affect the surroundings we live in. Local authorities are generally responsible for the investigation, enforcement and prosecution of less serious environmental offences.

There is an overlap between the responsibilities of the various enforcement bodies, namely, local authorities, the Environment Agency (EA), the Natural England (NE) and the Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

For information on the enforcement of environmental offences generally, see Practice Note: Environmental prosecution and enforcement policy.

For information on the powers of the EA, see Practice Note: Environment Agency—powers to investigate environmental crime and Environment Agency (EA)—powers of entry.

For information on the powers of NE, see Practice Note: Natural England—powers to investigate environmental crime.

For information on the powers of NRW, see Practice Note: Natural Resources Wales—powers to investigate environmental crime.

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