Environmental information requests
The Environmental Information Regulations (2004) allow people to request environmental information from public authorities and those bodies carrying out a public function.
Any request for information held by/on behalf of a public authority or a body carrying out a public function is technically a freedom of information request in the first instance.
Section 39 of the Freedom of Information Act then exempts environmental information from being dealt with under the act, and provides that it should be dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
What is environmental information?
Environmental information has a wide range of definitions and includes:
Elements such as:
- soil and land
- landscape and natural sites
Substances such as:
- radiation or waste, including emissions and discharges into the environment
Measures such as:
We can charge a reasonable amount for supplying information. The fee is currently £68.50 per hour. If the fee is not paid within 60 days, we'll assume that you no longer want the information.
We have 20 working days to respond to an applicant. This timescale can be extended to 40 days if the request is complex or extremely large.
Making an environmental information request
To make an environmental information request to the Environmental Protection and Prevention Team only, please download the form and return it to the address displayed at the bottom of the form.
To make a request to another department, please click here to view our Access to information page.