Applications for Access to Information on the Environment should be made to:
Office of the Information Commissioner
18 Lower Leeson Street,
When making a request for information under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations you are required to:
- state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations and submit it in writing or electronic form (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- provide your contact details; and
- state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required, and specify the form and manner of access desired.
Normally you will be notified of the decision on your request within 1 month of its receipt.
What can I do if I am unhappy with a decision on my request?
If you consider that your original request for environmental information was refused wholly or partially, or was otherwise not properly dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations, you may, not later than one month following the receipt of the decision from the Office, request that the Office carry out an internal review of the decision in part or in whole. The review will be carried out by a more senior member of staff.
No fee will be charged for the internal review process.
A written outcome of the review informing you of the decision, the reason for the decision and advising you of your right of appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information, including the time limits and fees associated with such an appeal, will be issued to you within one month of the date of receipt of the request.
As provided for in the AIE Regulations, there is no initial fee required when lodging a request for information under AIE to this Office. A public authority may however, charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information in accordance with the Regulations.
The Office has set these fees as follows:
- If an applicant requires hard copies there may be a fee of €0.04 per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request.
- A charge of €10.16 applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM
Details of charges, if any, will be advised in the final decision letter.
How will the Office supply information free of charge?
- It should be noted that fees in respect of supplying information, may be waived where the cost is estimated at less than €10.00
- Where requesters are in a position to view the required documents on site at the Office there will be no charge for accessing these records, however, this is separate to the charges noted above.
- Electronic access can be provided to requesters free of charge via email; however, this is separate to the charges noted above
Assistance in Making Requests
A publication scheme under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 which will include a guide to the functions of the Office and to records held by it is due to be published early next year. When it is, a link to it will be added to this page. A general description of the Office's functions can be seen here.
If you have any queries the Information Officer can be contacted by telephone at +353 6395689 , or emailed at email@example.com
This website is an information point for the purpose of the AIE Directive. If you require further environmental information than that which is provided on the website, you may submit an AIE request or contact the Information Officer, as outlined above.
Further general information on the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 – 2011, including background information on the legislation, useful publications and links to other relevant bodies is available in the AIE section of the website of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Governmenthttp://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/AccesstoInformationontheEnvironment/