Environmental Information Regulations

Environmental Information Regulations

What do the regulations do?
They allow you to request environmental information from public authorities and those bodies carrying out a public function.

Any request for environmental information held by or on behalf of a public authority, or a body carrying out a public function, must be dealt with under the Environmental Information regulations 2004. These regulations fall in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which also came into force from January 2005.

The regulations are the responsibility of the Information Commissioner's Office

Local councils have a statutory duty to provide the public with access to the information it holds on the environment. This means that you have a right to be informed about the environment, allowing you to take part in environmental decision-making.

Obtaining the information
Although requests do not need to be in writing, it will help us to make sure we give you the information you want. Where you cannot make a written request for whatever reason, we will make every reasonable attempt to help you make your request.

You can write to us at the above address, or use the "Contact us" link at the top of this page.

We have 20 working days to respond to your request. This is the time between receiving the request and posting the information. However, if there is a charge for the information, then the 20 working days will begin once payment has been received. If we make a charge it must be reasonable, typically being based upon an hourly rate and the length of time taken to deal with the request.

Useful Links

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2004/20043391.htm

The Environmental Information Regulations 1992

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1992/Uksi_19923240_en_1.htm

Page last updated on 25 November 2011