Environmental Information Regulations

Environmental Information Regulations

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) came into force on 1 January 2005 and provides members of the public the right to access environmental information held by public authorities, including Walsall Council.

The regulations cover information held by the authority on

  • the state of elements of the environment; i.e. land, water, air, flora or fauna
  • the state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, the food chain
  • activities which adversely affect the environment  such as noise, emissions, radiation or waste
  • measures which are designed to protect the environment

This also includes plans, programmes, cost-benefit and other economic analyses which relate to environmental information.  Other information held by the council such as information relating to road, traffic, maintenance, land use planning, development control, buildings and estates is also considered to be environmental information.

Making an EIR request

  • The information request can be either be made over the telephone or put in writing
  • The regulations apply to information held in any format
  • The timescale for responses is 20 working days, unless the request is complex or volumous in which case the can be extended to up to 40 working days
  • The council can make charges within reason for supplying information under EIR.  You will be advised of these charges should they apply
  • The council does not have to provide information which is already publicly available
  • There are some exceptions (exemptions) where information that is held by the council may not be released - in such cases, a reason has to be given within the timescales above

Requests for information under the Environmental Information Regulations should be made to:

Contact us

Information Governance Team
Programme Delivery & Governance
Walsall MBC
The Council House
Lichfield Street

Telephone: 01922 650000
Email: informationrights@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 15 February 2017