Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Vehicle movements and deliveries at construction sites

Good practice

Reverse alarms

Where you use wagons to remove material from site, consider providing an area where they can turn around without needing to reverse. This will remove the need for a banksman and will reduce the noise from reverse alarms.

Use an appropriate route

Ensure that employee and delivery vehicles, where possible, use only major roads.

Make smaller villages, residential areas and routes that pass schools 'no go' routes for construction traffic. This will help to reduce the level of disturbance and concern felt by local communities.

Public concerns can be further reduced by making sure that delivery drivers and employees drive below the speed limit, particularly in built up areas.

For some major developments, your local council may use planning conditions to specify routes to be used in order to minimise disruption to local communities and businesses.

Keep roads clean

Ensure that construction vehicles have clean wheels before they access public highways and that they do not drop mud or other debris onto public roads. For certain types of developments this may be specified in the planning consent from your local council.

Where the spoil from your operations is slurry or is very wet, use wagons with tailgate seals to prevent leaks onto roads. Check that all handles on the tailgate are locked in place. If they are not, the seal will not be effective.

Run-off from site roads can contain oil and diesel, as well as high levels of silt. If contaminated water enters surface water drains or watercourses you could be prosecuted for causing pollution. You must take steps to prevent this. These could include:

  • using a road sweeper to keep tarmac roads clean
  • using cut-off trenches adjacent to unmade haul roads to channel water to settlement lagoons
  • using sand bags or straw bales to form a barrier along unmade haul roads.

Watch our short videos:

Good practice on a construction site

How to manage traffic on a construction site

Further information

Pollution incident response planning

Road sweepers at construction sites

Wheel washing at construction sites

Additional resources

Whats new on NetRegs

  • Waste – Duty of Care Roles and Responsibilities

    The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.


  • Please let us know your thoughts on our new website

    What do you think about our new and improved website. We want your feedback on what you like, what you don’t like and ways we can continue to improve the website. Follow the link to complete the very short survey: NetRegs website – User feedback

  • NEW guidance on Environmental Management Systems

    We have recently updated and improved our guidance on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). You can find the guidance via the Environmental Topics tab or alternatively select the following link Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

  • Consultation on proposed changes to the packaging recycling business targets

    See NI Future legislation or Scotland Future legislation for details of the Consultation


  • NIEA Guidance - Greenfield Excavated Matrials in Construction

    NIEA and the CEF have developed a Regulatory Position to promote Sustainable re-use of natural excavated material from Greenfield sites.

    NIEA: Guidance on the Regulation of Greenfield Excavated Materials in Construction and Development

  • New GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

    The replacements for the PPGs are being developed. Now available GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

  • SEPA Consultation on an Intergated Authorisation Framework

    SEPA is asking for your views on the proposals for integrated authorisations.

    Consultation documents

  • GPP 24 Stables, Kennels and Catteries

    NEW GPP 24 now available: Stables, Kennels and Catteries

  • ENDS Award winner

    NetRegs; Winner of a prestigious ENDS award 2017

    Knowledge development category winner, see the ENDS Awards

  • NetRegs wins an ENDS Environmental Impact Award

    Knowledge development category winners, see the END Awards

  • EIA (Agriculture) Regulations for Northern Ireland

    Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

    Read more on the DAERA website

  • Download our NEW leaflet today: Duty of Care for waste

    NetRegs have produced a new leaflet for Scottish businesses explaining what you must do to comply with YOUR duty of care for waste.

    Duty of Care for waste (Scotland) leaflet (PDF - 775KB)


NetRegs on NetRegs on youTube

View our latest videos & subscribe to our channel.

NetRegs Update Newsletter

Free monthly email newsletter with environmental updates for Northern Ireland and Scotland

Sign up for free today!


NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms