Environmental Information Regulations

Requesting environmental information

Before you make an EIR request, 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:

If you cant find the information you are looking for, you can contact the Information Governance Manager by:

Email

foi@brent.gov.uk

Writing to

Information Governance Manager
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley
HA9 0FJ

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.

Relationship between the EIR and the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000

Requests for environmental information will be exempted from being dealt with under the FOI (Section 39). The effect of this exemption is to ensure that a request for environmental information is dealt with in accordance with the regulations.

Differences in the request handling process between the EIR and the FOI

Whilst the general guidance for dealing with FOI requests may be extended to cover EIR requests, there are a number of differences between them.

LegislationEIRFOI
Information covered Environmental information only All information held by us
Legal origin The EU The UK
Range of bodies covered

Public authorities

Public utilities

Public private partnerships

Private companies with environmental functions

Public authorities
Format for requests

Request can be in any form (although it will often help
clarify the information sought if it is put in writing)

Request must be in writing

Includes information held on behalf of others

Yes No
Time to respond

20 working days (can be extended to 40 days if deemed necessary) 

20 working days (can be extended as appropriate if deemed necessary i.e. to allow time to apply public interest test)

Time to request further information from the applicant 20 working days

As appropriate

Public interest test

Yes - must take place within set timescales for response

Yes - may require extension of timescales for response

Requests with costs in excess of 'appropriate limit' refused

No - requests cannot be refused on grounds of cost alone

At our discretion

Charges

Yes - can make a reasonable charge.

Must publish a schedule of charges
Yes - can charge for requests above appropriate limit
Rules for disclosure No absolute exceptions. All are subject to the public interest test Some absolute exemptions prevent disclosure.

Only non-absolute exemptions are subject to the public interest test
Complaints/appeals procedure for non-compliance Yes - three stage appeals procedure as per FOI

40 day time limit for internal review by the public authority

Yes - three stage appeals procedure

Internal review by the public authority

Appeal to the information commissioner

Appeal to the Information Tribunal

Transfer of request Must inform applicant and gain permission prior to transfer Requests can be transferred where appropriate
Able to neither confirm nor deny whether we hold the information Yes - where request is refused on the grounds of international relations, defence, national security or public safety Yes - can be used for any exemption where public authority deems it appropriate
Requesting environmental information

Before you make an EIR request, 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:

If you cant find the information you are looking for, you can contact the Information Governance Manager by:

Email

foi@brent.gov.uk

Writing to

Information Governance Manager
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley
HA9 0FJ

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.