We cannot charge you for allowing you:
- access to any public registers or lists of environmental information
- to examine the information (at a place of our choosing)
However, for all other situations we will charge the following:
- 1-4 sheets - Free
- 5-20 sheets - £10.00
- 21-50 sheets - £20.00
- 51-100 sheets - £50.00
- 101 + sheets - Price on application
We will always contact you if we think there will be a charge.
A list of other fees that may apply are available via the our Charging Policy. There may also be charges that apply if the information requested can be obtained from Land Charges.
Some of the differences between the EIRs and the FOI are the following.
- The EIRs only cover environmental information. FOI covers all information held by public authorities except environmental information.
- EIRs allow an extension of no more than a further 20 working days if the request is both complex and voluminous. FOI allows public authorities further time to consider the public interest.
- EIRs requests can be in any format. FOI requests must be in writing.
- EIRs allows authorities to make a charge for information providing it is reasonable. FOI has a charge limit below which information is provided free of charge.
- EIRs have a different, and generally narrower, range of exceptions than the exemptions in the FOI. There is however a particular exception in the EIRs for information whose disclosure could adversely affect the environment.
The definition of environmental information is very broad and includes information on:
- the state of elements of the environment (such as air, water, soil, and, landscape and natural sites, flora and fauna, including cattle, crops, GMO's, wildlife and biological diversity) and interaction between them
- the state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, the food chain cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment and interaction between them
- substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste affecting or likely to affect the state of the elements of the environment and interaction between them
- measures (including administrative measures, policies, legislation, plans, programmes and environmental agreements) and activities affecting or likely to affect, or intended to protect the state of elements of the environment and the interaction between them
- emissions discharges and other releases into the environment
- cost benefit and other economic analysis used in environmental decision making