Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations
What are the AIE Regulations?
The AIE (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations allow you to access a wide range of environmental information. They allow you to access environmental information produced by a public authority, received by a public authority and held elsewhere on behalf of the authority.
Environmental information includes information on:
- The state of the elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms and the interaction among these elements
- Factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment
- Measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to above as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements
- Cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used for the above measures and activities
- The state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures that may be affected by the elements of the environment
- Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
For more information on how to make an AIE request, download the information document below.
You can view the AIE Regulations at the following link: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/about-us/compliance/access-to-information-on-the-environment-(aie)/aie-legislation/Pages/AIE-Legislation.aspx
Article 15 of the Regulations provide that public bodies may apply fees which are considered reasonable for supplying the information requested. Under the Regulations, and in line with Circular AIE/2/2017 from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (see below) Kerry County Council applies a fee of €20 per hour for search, retrieval, photocopying fees, and costs attributable to time spent on answering the request, but only where the cost of a request exceeds €100. Where any fees apply, the requester is fully advised about any such fees and the reasons for same. No fee is payable in relation to an internal review of a decision on a request.