Environmental Information Regulations

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) came into force on 1 January 2005, replacing the Environmental Information Regulations 1992.

What is environmental information?

The definition of environmental information is very broad and includes information on:

  • the state of the elements of the environment, e.g. air, atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms
  • factors affecting the environment e.g. substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases
  • measures (including administrative measures) and activities affecting or designed to protect the environment e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements
  • reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
  • cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of environmental measures and activities
  • the state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are affected by the state of the environment, or factors, measures or activities affecting the environment.

Who does the EIR apply to?

The regulations apply to us, the range of public bodies covered by the Freedom of Information Act and also public utilities, certain public private partnerships and private companies with obvious environmental functions such as those in the water, waste, transport and energy sectors.

Before you make a request under EIR

Please check the various sections of our website, as the vast majority of environmental information we are required to disclose is listed there.

Most commonly requested information:

Other environmental information

The following information can be obtained from the Environment Agency:

  • hazardous waste
  • waste carriers and waste management licensing
  • water quality
  • integrated pollution prevention and control
  • radioactive substances information.

How to make a request under EIR

If you cant find the information you are looking for, you can make a request for environmental information online, verbally or in writing. 


At: foi@brent.gov.uk


Calling: 0208 937 2444


Writing to:

FOI and Complaints Investigation Officer 
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way

What happens next

We have an obligation to inform you whether the council holds that information and if it does to provide the information (subject to exemptions) within 20 working days (40 working days for complex and voluminous requests) of receipt of your request. 

If a request is believed to be too general, the applicant will be contacted to determine specifically what information they would like.

Brent Council reserves the right to make a charge for environmental information requests.