Chelmsford City Council

Environmental requests

Make a request

You can request specific information about the environment from us under the Environmental Information Regulation (EIR).

This includes information about the state of:

  • the air and atmosphere
  • water    
  • soil, land and landscape 

As well as factors which affect these states, such as:

  • substances    
  • energy    
  • noise    
  • radiation    
  • waste, emissions or discharges into the environment. 

Before you make an EIR request, you should check that we haven’t already published the information you are looking for.

You can find information across our website, or use our  Publication Scheme to check what information we publish, where we publish it and how often.

We also publish information for transparency.

To make an EIR request, you will need:

  • your name
  • your contact details
  • details of information you are looking for, including the site name, the address and  map showing the precise boundaries of the site.

If we can answer your enquiry without undertaking any research, we will not change you. However, if we have to undertake research, you will need to pay the correct fee before we can look for the information you have asked for.


Environmental request fees

These prices include VAT.

Item2020-21 fees
Basic Environmental Information enquiries (up to 1 hour research) - for example a request relating to a single domestic property (may include any relevant adjoining sites), for conveyancing purposes£28.10
Detailed Environmental Information enquiries (up to 6 hours research) - usually, but not necessarily, relating to a commercial premises and including a wide search area around the subject site as required for a commercial sale, letting or undertaking due diligence£168.70
Every additional hour in excess of the above£28.10
Hourly rate for preparing a significant volume of material for inspection at the council offices.£28.10
Simple requests dealt with quickly over the telephoneFree

Once you have submitted your request and fee, we will respond within 20 working days with the information you requested. 

Some information is exempt from EIR requests, such as personal or sensitive information. If the information you requested is considered exempt, we will be unable to release it, but will contact you to explain why.

You can find out more from the Information Commissioner.

If you are unsatisfied with our response to your request, you can ask for an internal review.

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Last updated: 21 January 2021

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