Soil protection

Soil protection is used to secure or restore the functions of the soil.

The soil is an indispensable basis of life for nature and society, their development and sustainable usability. Soil cannot be increased and has only a limited load-bearing capacity. Once damaged, soil is renewed and only recovers very slowly - if at all. Threatening dangers can arise, among other things, from a gradual accumulation of environmentally hazardous substances in the soil.

Soil pollution and contaminated sites not only endanger the soil and health, but also the groundwater. Soil protection law regulates the defense against dangers from harmful soil changes and contaminated sites.

The district offices advise property owners, builders, architects and site managers in the field of soil protection and contaminated sites:
  • for construction work and the long-term remediation of damaging events.
  • Soil surveys, soil remediation and soil monitoring.
  • Statements in the building permit process, development plans, property transactions and the development or use of suspected contaminated sites.


Blocking periods for the application of mineral and organic fertilizers with a significant content of nitrogen in Hamburg: In the period from October 15 to January 31 on grassland, permanent grassland and multi-cut field forage cultivation.
Law on the protection against harmful soil changes and the remediation of contaminated sites (Federal Soil Protection Act - BBodSchG)
Hamburg Law to Implement and Supplement the Federal Soil Protection Law (Hamburg Soil Protection Law - HmbBodSchG)
Federal Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites Ordinance (BBodSchV)
Environmental Information Act (UIG)
Hamburg Environmental Information Act (HmbUIG)
Environmental Fee Regulations (UmwGebO)
Fertilizer Ordinance (DüV)
Hamburg fertilizer ordinance

Related Links

  • Soil protection
  • Soil and contaminated sites in Hamburg
  • Contaminated land register
  • Contaminated sites

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