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Access to Information on the Environment

Applications for Access to Information on the Environment

Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on Public Access to  Environmental  Information (the AIE  Directive) provides that, subject to certain exceptions, information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request to any person.

Applications for Access to Information on the Environment should be made to:

aie@rtb.ie,

or

AIE Officer, 

Residential Tenancies Board

PO Box 12323

Dublin 2

When making a request for information under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations you are required to: state that the application is being made under the AIE Regulations and submit it in writing or electronic form (aie@rtb.ie), provide your contact details, state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information required, and specify the form and manner of access desired. Normally you will be notified of the decision on your request within 1 month of its receipt.  

What can I do if I am unhappy with a decision on my request?

If you consider that your original request for environmental information was refused wholly or partially, or was otherwise not properly dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations, you may, not later than one month following the receipt of the decision from the RTB, request that the Board carry out an internal review of the decision in part or in whole.No fee will be charged for the internal review process.A written outcome of the review informing you of the decision, the reason for the decision and advising you of your right of appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information, including the time limits and fees associated with such an appeal, will be issued to you within one month of the date of receipt of the request. 

Fees

As provided for in the AIE Regulations, there is no initial fee required when lodging a request for information under AIE to the RTB.  A public authority may however, charge a reasonable fee for supplying environmental information in accordance with the Regulations.     

Assistance in Making Requests

If you have any queries under AIE you can email aie@rtb.ie or contact Ruth Cullen, AIE Officer, at 0818 303037 by telephone.

Information Point

This website is an information point for the purpose of the AIE Directive.  If you require further environmental information than that which is provided on the website, you may submit an AIE request or contact us as outlined above.   

Further Information

Further general information on the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 - 2011 including background information on the legislation, useful publications and links to other relevant bodies is available in the AIE section of the Department of the Environment Website www.environ.ie.