Environmental Information Regulations 2004—requesting information
Environmental Information Regulations 2004—requesting information

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004—requesting information
  • Brexit impact
  • Making a request
  • Fees
  • Format in which information is disclosed
  • Refusal to provide information, or information not held
  • The process for challenging a refusal
  • Practical advice

This Practice Note outlines guidance for private practitioners making requests, public authorities receiving requests, disclosures of information, and the complaint and appeal rights under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR 2004).

For more information on EIR 2004, see Practice Notes:

  1. Environmental Information Regulations 2004—what is environmental information?

  2. Environmental Information Regulations 2004—clarifying requests

  3. Environmental information regulations 2004—exceptions

  4. Differences between Environmental Information Regulations and Freedom of Information Act

  5. Environmental Information Regulations 2004—issues for businesses

A request that is tightly constrained in scope will use public authority resources more efficiently, lead to a faster response, reduce the number of irrelevant documents disclosed and ultimately save client money.

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Making a request

Any person or organisation may apply for environmental information. No interest or reason is required and the applicant can be from anywhere in the world.

Requests can be made verbally by letter, email,

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