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

The following Environment guidance 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

This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice Note: Brexit—environmental law implications, which details the relevant aspects of the withdrawal process, as well as providing insights into developments affecting environmental protection, such as the draft Environmental Principles and Governance Bill.

The date and time of withdrawal of the EU (exit day) is specified in UK law (under section 20 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018), but until the legal terms of the withdrawal negotiated with the EU are finalised, there remains a possibility that the UK’s membership will lapse automatically on exit day, without all the