Freedom of Information

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 gives you the right to access records held by the EPA and other state organisations. You don't have to give a reason why you want to see these records. A decision on your request must normally be made within four weeks.

What can I ask for?

You can ask for the following records held by the EPA:

  • Any records relating to you personally, whenever they were created 
  • All other records created after 21 April, 1998

A record can be a paper document, information held on computer, printouts, maps, microfiche, audio-visual material, etc.

As required by the previous Act, the EPA has produced reference books to assist the public in using FOI procedures. The FOI Section 15 and Section 16 Reference Books are a guide to the functions and records of the EPA and details the rules and practices of the EPA in relation to any decisions made under schemes affecting the public.  These reference books are available to download below.

How do I make a FOI request?

Write to the FOI Officer, EPA Headquarters, PO Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford or email foi@epa.ie. In your correspondendence you should:

  • Refer to the FOI Act 
  • Give as much information as possible about the records you want 
  • Specify how you prefer the records - as paper copies, electronic copies or in another format such as a CD-ROM

Alternatively, you can use our online application form (see below).

If I'm denied access to information, can I appeal against the decision?

Yes. You may ask the EPA for an internal review by a more senior officer. They will inform you of the result of the review within three weeks.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you may ask the Information Commissioner to review the matter.

Do I have to pay?

There is no fee for making a request under the FOI Act, however fees are applicable for internal reviews in cases where non-personal information in sought.  Fees may be charged for the cost of photocopying and there are also charges for the search and retrieval of other information.  The table below provideds details of the fee structure as outlined in the legislation.

Learn more

Download the FOI Application Form;
Download the Section 15 Reference Book;
Download the Section 16 Reference Book;

Freedom of Information Fees - Environmental Protection Agency

Type of Request/ApplicationStandard Fee 1Reduced Fee 1 2

Request for a record

Initial Request

Internal Review

Review by Information Commissioner

 

No charge

€30

€50 

 

No charge

€10

€15

Request for a record or containing personal information

No charge

No charge

Application under Section 9 for amendment of a record containing incorrect, incomplete or misleading personal information

No charge

No charge

Application under section 10 for the reasons for a decision affecting the individual

No charge

No charge

Search & retrieval and copying fees3
  • €20 per hour of search and retrieval (Min €100 - Max €500 subject to €700 cap)
  • €0.04 per sheet for a photocopy
  • €10 for a CD-ROM
 
Deposits

A deposit is payable where the estimated cost of search and retrieval exceeds the minimum level presecribed (€100).  The deposit will be a minimum of 20% of the estimated search and retrieval costs.

 

 

Notes to table:

1. Fee will not apply where a person appeals a decision to charge a fee or deposit, or a fee or deposit of a particular amount under Section 27 of the FOI Act.

2. Reduced fee will apply if the person making the request/ application is a medical card holder or a dependant of a medical card holder.   The reduced fee will also apply in respect of third parties who appeal a decision of a public body to release their information on public interest grounds.

3. Where the information in the record would be of particular assistance to the understanding of an issue of national importance the fee may be reduced or waived.