Environmental Information Regulations

Environmental information regulations for organisations

Your responsibilities and obligations

If you are a public authority you have a legal obligation to provide information about the environment through an approved publication scheme and in response to requests. Find out what you need to do to comply with the regulations.


We've highlighted five key questions on the Environmental Information Regulations below.

What is environmental information?

Do the Regulations apply to me?

How do I answer an information request?

What should I do if an individual complains about an information request?

How should I make information available in a publication scheme?


Guidance index

View a full list of our environmental information guidance.

ICO specialist guidance

We have published our detailed knowledge base, an internal resource which gives the ICO’s position on many of the issues we deal with.

Sector guides

Where do you work? We've produced a set of guides where we have guidance that's sector specific.


Can't find what you're looking for? Our FAQs might help.

Useful items

  • Legislation

    Read the full text of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

  • News and events

    Find out the latest news on data protection and freedom of information.

  • Glossary of terms

    Unsure what some of our terms and phrases mean? We’ve a full glossary to help you.