Submit an EIR
You can submit an EIR request using the online application form.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) is a European legislation which gives people rights of public access to environmental information held by public authorities. Environmental information covers the elements of the environment such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components. Factors such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment referred to above.
EIR is very similar to Freedom Of Information (FOI) and is often confused with it. There are a number of exceptions which can be applied when deciding whether information can be released or not. Submit an ERI request, alternatively requests can be made verbally or in writing to email@example.com or posted to Information Governance, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3HD.
When can a request be refused?
- if we do not hold the information
- the information falls under one of the exemptions described in regulation 12(4) or 12(5) of the EIR. We will explain when we reply to you which exemptions we think apply. This can include "neither confirming nor denying" we hold the information. There is information on the Information Commissioners website about the exemptions
- if the EIR request is manifestly unreasonable on the grounds of costs or diversion of resources.
- the request is vexatious or repeated
Is there a charge for the information?
What are my rights if the Council refuses to disclose information I have requested?
- Further information on the EIR can be found on the Information Commissioners website
- Information on Land Charges and Access to Information under the Environmental Information Regulations