The Freedom of Information Act 2014 establishes the three following rights:
These rights grant people the ability to seek access to personal information relating to them, regardless of when the information was first compiled. Non-personal records can only be requested if created after 21 April 1998.
The Department has prepared an FOI Publication Scheme which includes a log of all non-personal Freedom of Information requests received by the Department and a range of other information on the Department and its work
FOI requests should be submitted in writing, by post or email to:
All requests should include the following pieces of information
More information is available on the FOI website.
The European Communities (AIE) Regulations 2007 grants legal rights to those seeking access to information on the environment from public authorities.
It states that information relating to the environment which is either held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request to any person, subject to certain exceptions.
To make an AIE request, applicants must submit a written request by post or email to:
All requests should include the following pieces of information:
If we do not have access to the requested information, we will either forward your application on to the relevant public authority or advise you of where to direct your request. One way or the other, you will be notified.