The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs) provide a right of access to environmental information held by Scottish public authorities.
The regulations cover a broad range of topics, including:
• the environment itself, including air, water, earth, and the habitats of animals and plants;
• other things that affect environment, such as emissions, radiation, noise and other forms of pollution; and
• policies, plans, and laws on the environment.
The regulations are governed by the Scottish Information Commissioner, who is also responsible for the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Making a Request for Information
If you would like to make a request for information you can do this by completing our online form. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write to us at 7 Gifhorn House, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JB.
In responding to requests for information under the EIRs, we may charge a reasonable amount towards making the information available. This includes information which may have been requested under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Further information on charges is available in our Guide to Information.
Exemptions and Withholding Information
As with Freedom of Information legislation, environmental information may be withheld if there is a good reason for doing so.
If we withhold information, we'll let you know why. If you're unhappy with our decision or the way we've dealt with your request, you can ask us to review our decision.
If you do not agree with the outcome of the review, you can ask the Scottish Information Commissioner to investigate.