The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 gives the public a right to access environmental information held by public authorities.

This right to access environmental information is available to anyone regardless of where they live, their age or nationality.

Making a Request

You can request for environmental information if it is about:

  • The state of the elements of the environment - air, water, soil, land, flora and fauna, landscape and natural sites, genetically modified organisms, biological diversity - and the interactions between them.
  • Factors affecting or likely to affect environmental elements - energy, noise, radiation, waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment.
  • Measures (including administrative measures, policies, legislation, plans, programmes and environmental agreements) and activities affecting or likely to affect elements and/or factors
  • The state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, the food chain, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by elements.
  • Cost benefit and other economic analysis used in environmental decision-making.Do it Online

Complete a request for Environmental Information Regulations

We will try to respond to your request within 20 working days, unless there are exceptional circumstances where the information requested is of a complex and large nature. In these exceptional cases, this deadline may be extended to 40 working days.

You can make a request for environmental information and we will provide it unless it falls within the list of exemptions. If we refuse your request we will explain why and how you can appeal the refusal.

The Council charge a fee for providing environmental information. The fee per Contaminated Land enquiry is detailed in the Council's current Fees and Charges.
An additional hourly rate may be charged where enquiries entail more than 3 hours of officer time. Where a fee is due we will issue a fee letter to let you know how much it will cost.

Further Information

For further information about the EIR, the Information Commissioner has provided a detailed guide about the EIR:

Environmental Information Regulations - ICO.

Alternatively, you can also access the full legislation.