Freedom of Information

The law gives everybody a right to access all recorded information held by the council. This is called Freedom of Information or FOI. Anyone can use this right, and information can only be withheld where Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) expressly permits it.

Make an FOI request

View our the Scottish Information Commissioner's guidance on making an FOI request (pdf 91KB) and FOI review process.

You can submit an FOI request using our online form, by email to foi@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or in paper. Paper request should be sent to:

Freedom of Information
Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
Aberdeen AB16 5GB

Publication scheme

Section 23 of FOISA requires that all Scottish public authorities maintain a publication scheme. A publication scheme sets out the types of information that a public authority routinely makes available. Publication schemes are high level, strategic documents in which a public authority commits to making published information reasonably available to the general public. This ensures that published information held by authorities is open, accountable and transparent at all times.

We have adopted the Scottish Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme 2013, which is based on the best practice developed by Scottish public authorities and the Commissioner since 2004. 

This scheme has been approved by the Commissioner, who is responsible for enforcing FOISA. We are required to review the scheme from time to time.

By adopting the model we make a commitment to publish all the information we hold which falls within the classes of information in the scheme. View our guide to information (pdf 55kb) to find out more.

Environmental Information Request

Alongside FOISA, the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIR) provide a separate right of access to environmental information that we hold. This publication scheme also contains details of the environmental information that we routinely make available. The council is obliged to publish a schedule of fees (pdf 65KB) and information on circumstances in which a fee may be charged, waived or required to be paid in advance for information requested under the Environmental Information Regulations. 

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