The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 133 of 2007), gives legal rights to those seeking access to information on the environment from public authorities.
These Regulations came into effect on 1st May 2007, repealing the previous legislative instrument, the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 1998.
They were further amended by the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2011, (S.I. 662 of 2011).
Both pieces of legislation are to be read together and are to be construed as one and can be referred to as the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2011.
How Do I Make an AIE Request?
Applications for Access to Information on the Environment should be made to:
O’Connell Street Lower
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,
- 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 one 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 An Post request that the company carry out an internal review of the decision in part or in whole.
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 An Post. A public authority may however, charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information in accordance with the Regulations.
An Post 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 ten euro applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM
- Details of charges, if any, will be advised in the final decision letter.
How will An Post 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 ten euro.
- Where requesters are in a position to view the required documents on site at An Post, Head Office (GPO, Dublin) 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
If you have any queries contact:
O’Connell Street Lower
This information is given for the purpose of the AIE Directive. More information about the AIE Directive is available:
The unofficial consolidated Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2011
EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (ACCESS TO INFORMATION ON THE ENVIRONMENT) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2011 (S.I.662 of 2011 )
EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (ACCESS TO INFORMATION ON THE ENVIRONMENT) REGULATIONS 2007 S.I.133 of 2007
Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2011 Guidance Notice