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Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 apply to Scottish Public Authorities and give the public rights to see information related to the environment.

There are two main requirements:

  • Environmental information should be made available on request
  • Certain types of environmental information should be actively disseminated

The Regulations are governed by the Scottish Information Commissioner, who is also responsible for the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  A guidance note comparing the two pieces of legislation is available on the Scottish Information Commissioner website.

Definition of Environmental Information

'Environmental Information' can be defined as recorded information in any form in any of the following areas:

  • The state of elements of the environment and their interaction (air, water, soil, land and landscape, natural sites, flora and fauna)
  • Discharges, emissions, noise, radiation, waste
  • Measures and activities affecting the environment (e.g. policies, legislation, plans, activities)
  • Reports on implementation of environmental legislation
  • Cost benefit and economic analysis
  • Effects of the environment on conditions of human life (including flood, buildings)

Environmental Information and Dumfries and Galloway Council

The Council has combined the procedure for responding to requests for Environmental Information with the procedure for requests made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  All requests for information under the Environmental Information Regulations should be made to the Information Management and Complaints Unit using the contact details below.


As with FOI, most requests should be dealt with free of charge but you may be asked to cover the costs of locating, retrieving and assembling the information, including staff time, copying and postage costs. Unlike FOI there is no upper or lower limits to the fee which may be charged. The charge however will not exceed a reasonable amount and will not exceed the actual costs of producing the information requested.

We will let you know if there will be a charge. You will have three months to decide whether you want to pay the charge once you receive a fees notice.

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Contact Details


Information Management and Complaints Unit

Dumfries and Galloway Council
118 English Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3000
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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