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Environmental Information Regulations

Environmental Information Regulations

Your rights, responsibilities and obligations

The Environmental Information Regulations give you the right to obtain information about the environment held by public authorities, unless there are good reasons to keep it confidential.


The basics

The Environmental Information Regulations provide members of the public with the right to access environmental information held by public authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Your rights

The regulations give you the right to request environmental information from public authorities. They generally have 20 working days in which to provide you with this information, providing it isn’t exempt.

Your legal obligations

The Environmental Information Regulations applies to public authorities and companies that are wholly owned by public authorities. When they respond to requests, they have to follow a number of set procedures.


The ICO publishes detailed guidance notes that provide organisations and individuals with all the information they need to know about the Environmental Information Regulations.

Legislation in full

Read the full text of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.