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

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

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

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

Requests can be made verbally by letter, email, facsimile, or even by Facebook or Twitter. Requests can also be made to any employee of the relevant public authority.

However, it is best practice to make a request in writing, and to direct the request to the appropriate person or department within a public authority.

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