Chelmsford City Council

Make an FOI or EIR request

Make a request


You can request information from us under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). You can also request specific information about the environment from us under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).

Before you make an FOI or EIR request, you can 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 under the Transparency Code.


Freedom of Information Act (FOI)

To make an FOI request, you will need:

  • your name, address and contact details
  • details of the information you are looking for

Once you have submitted your request, we provide a response to you within 20 working days.

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

You can find out more about FOI from the Information Commissioner. 

We can provide most information free of charge. However, in some cases we will charge you if we estimate that it will cost us more than £450 to process your request. If we do need to charge you, we will contact you before providing the information, and you can decide if you want to:

  • change your request
  • pay an agreed amount

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


Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)

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

This includes information about the state of:

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

You can also request information on factors that affect these states, such as:

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

To make an EIR request, you will need:

  • your name
  • your contact details

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 about EIR 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: 28 June 2021

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