Guidelines on information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)

Summary: Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) guidance documents are listed below. Guidelines were published in 2002 following extensive consultation and some years experience with the draft guidelines. Additionally, the EPA published in 2003 Advice Notes on Current Practice (in the preparation of EIS) to accompany the guidelines.

Published: 2002

Pages: 45

Filesize: 187 KB

Format: pdf


The Environmental Protection Agency is currently revising the Guidelines and Advice Notes.

The adoption of the amending EIA Directive 2014/52/EU in April 2014 and subsequent transposing legislation, combined with lessons and experience arising from EU and Irish case law since the publication of the current documents, led to a decision to update the guidelines. 

The latest draft "Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports", dated August 2017 are available here

The draft guidelines are currrently being updated and finalised following the transposition of Directive 2014/52/EU into national legislarion.

Please note that the original Guidelines and Advice Notes from 2002/2003 are still applicable until such date as the final versions are published.