The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides individuals with a right of access to all recorded information held by Scotlands public authorities. Anyone can use this right, and information can only be withheld where FOISA expressly permits it.

Making a request

You may find it useful to review Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner "Tips for Requesters" guidance prior to submitting a request.

If you wish to submit a Freedom of Information request, please use the webform below.

Alternatively, requests can also be submitted via email:


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.

Aberdeenshire Council has 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. It can be downloaded below:-

Model Publication Scheme

This scheme has been approved by the Commissioner, who is responsible for enforcing FOISA. Aberdeenshire Council is obliged to review the scheme from time to time.

Authorities adopting the Model Publication Scheme 2013 make a commitment to publish all the information they hold which falls within the classes of information in the scheme.

Aberdeenshire Council has produced a Guide 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 Guide to Information can be downloaded below:

Alongside FOISA, the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004
(the EIRs) 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 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. The
Schedule of Fees for EIRs can be downloaded below:

Complaints and Feedback About this Scheme

Feedback, positive or negative, may be addressed to Have Your Say.


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