Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (AIE)

How do I make an AIE Request?

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

AIE Officer,
Corporate and External Affairs,
Cork City Council,
City Hall,

Phone:  021 4924000

The Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations give members of the public the right to access Environmental Information held by or for public authorities including Cork City Council.

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
  • 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 us, request that we carry out an internal review of the decision in part of 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.


As provided for in the AIE Regulations, there is no initial fee when lodging a request for information under AIE.  A public authority may however, charge a reasonalbe fee for supplying Environmental Information in accordance with the Regulations.

Cork City Council has set these fees as follows:

  • If an applicant requires hard copies there will be a fee of €0.04 per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request.
  • A charge of €10.00 applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM.
  • €20.00 per hour for time spent by staff on answering individual requests for information.  We will ensure that the total amount of the charges does not exceed a reasonable amount.

Cork City Council shall not charge a fee for the examination in situ of information requested.
Details of charges, if any will be advised once the request has been examined and considered.

If you have any queries, please contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 021 4924000.

Further information


AIE Guide 2013

AIE Regulations

S.I. No 662 of 2011

S.I. No. 133 of 2007