Public registers—environmental information available on public registers
Produced in partnership with Patrick Senior of Stephenson Harwood
Public registers—environmental information available on public registers

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Patrick Senior of Stephenson Harwood provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public registers—environmental information available on public registers
  • Energy performance certificates
  • DCLG's powers to obtain information
  • Ability to withhold information
  • Flooding
  • Information kept by county councils or unitary authorities
  • Information kept by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales
  • Ability to procure information
  • Large raised reservoirs—owner and operator requirements
  • Powers of relevant authority to gather information and establish and maintain register
  • More...

There are many public registers, containing useful environmental information, which are required by statute to be provided and maintained. These registers contain valuable information about a company or its assets and are a useful resource for obtaining environmental information.

These public registers can be used to, for example:

  1. check the propensity of a site to flood without having a commercial interest in that site

  2. access energy performance information of a property

  3. obtain the terms of water or waste discharge consents, even if those consents are privately held

Some examples of registers containing useful environmental information are outlined below.

Energy performance certificates

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (the EPC Regulations), SI 2012/3118 require the Secretary of State to maintain one or more registers containing:

  1. energy performance certificates (EPCs)

  2. display energy certificates (DECs)

  3. inspection reports

  4. recommendation reports

This register is kept by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

There are over 16 million domestic EPCs and 650,000 non-domestic EPCs (and accompanying recommendation reports for both), over 280,000 display energy certificates, and over 50,000 air conditioning reports available online.

The search function for the register operates via post code, address, or 24-digit reference number that appears on the front page of the EPC. Information is freely available to download.

DCLG's powers to obtain information

Energy assessors must ensure that reports relating to EPCs, DECs and air conditioning are entered

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