Freedom of Information Review Process

Aberdeenshire Council’s Review Procedure under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002:

If you wish Aberdeenshire Council to review its actions and/or decisions with respect to your Request for Information, you should contact us no later than 40 days after you receive the Notice intimating the decision that you want to have reviewed.

FOI Review Officer
Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
AB16 5GB


Your request for review must be in writing or in another form which has some permanency and is capable of being used for subsequent reference, such as audio or videotape recording. You must state your name and address for correspondence. You must also give details of the information which you originally requested and the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the way in which your application for information has been dealt with.

The Principal Committee Officer will arrange for your application  for review to be considered by the Review Panel. The Review Panel will write to you informing  you of its decision by not later than twenty working days after receipt of your  request for a review. The Review Panel will also provide you with a statement of its reasons for arriving at the  decision it has made.

Your Right to Complain to the Scottish Information Commissioner

If you are dissatisfied with the Review Panel’s decision,  you may appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

An appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner must be  made within six months, specifying:

  • The Request for Information to which the  requirement for review by relates
  • The reasons for your dissatisfaction with the  review decision

Find out how to make an appeal to the Commissioner.

View contact details for the Scottish Information Commissioner.