Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) enable people to access environmental information held by public authorities, including schools, such as information about land development, pollution levels, energy production or waste management.

Schools are legally obliged to:

  • make environmental information available proactively; and
  • respond to members of the public who request environmental information.

'Recorded information' includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings.

These regulations apply only to the environmental information held by public authorities. As outlined on the data protection page, the DPA gives individuals the right of access to their own personal data (information about themselves), and the FOIA gives people access to most other types of information held by public authorities.

The ICO has published a detailed guide to the Environmental Information Regulations, and the document embedded below is a step by step guide to handling a request for information subject to EIR.

When the school receives a request for information, it should consider whether the requested information is environmental and should be dealt with under the Regulations. In most cases this will be fairly clear, for example, information about land development, pollution levels, energy production, and waste management. If the requested information is environmental, you will need to follow the EIR process flow chart. .

Useful downloads

EIR Requests Process Map

Process for handling requests for information