Licensing Board Publication Schemes
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides individuals with a right of access to all recorded information held by Scotland’s public authorities. Anyone can use this right, and information can only be withheld where FOISA expressly permits it.
Section 23 of FOISA also 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.
The Aberdeenshire North, Central and South Divisional Licensing Boards are each public authorities requiring to comply with FOISA.
Each Licensing Board adopted the Scottish Information Commissioner’s Model Publication Scheme 2013. These schemes were then approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner.
The Scottish Information Commissioner published a revised Model Publication Scheme in March 2016 and further amendments were made to this in April 2017. The Boards have now amended their Publication Schemes to comply with the revised Model Publication Scheme. The Board's Publication Schemes can be downloaded below.
- North Board publication scheme (pdf 134KB)
- Central Board publication scheme (pdf 136KB)
- South Board publication scheme (pdf 134KB)
Authorities adopting the Model Publication Scheme 2016 make a commitment to publish all the information they hold which falls within the classes of information in the scheme.
The Boards have produced guides to information to:
- Allow the public to see what information is available in relation to each class
- State what charges may be applied
- Explain how to find the information easily
- Provide contact details for enquiries and to help with accessing the information; and
- Explain how to request information that has not been published.
The Board’s Guides to Information can be downloaded below:
Guide to Information:
- North LB Publication Scheme Guide (pdf 572KB)
- Central LB Publication Scheme Guide (pdf 275KB)
- South LB Publication Scheme Guide (pdf 573KB)
Authorities adopting the Model Publication Scheme make a commitment to publish all the information which they hold which falls within the classes of information in the scheme.
Alongside FOISA, the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (the EIRs) provide a separate right of access to environmental information that we hold. Our publication Scheme also contains details of the environmental information that we routinely make available.
Aberdeenshire Council has it’s own Publication Scheme.
Making A Request
You may find it useful to review the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner “Tips for Requesters” guidance prior to submitting a request.