You might not need to make an FOI request to get the information you want.
We have a duty to maintain a publication scheme that contains information we regularly make available. You might be able to find the information you want by checking our Publication Scheme.
It can be a good idea to spend a little bit of time thinking about your request to get it right and ensure you receive the information you need. The Scottish Information Commissioner's website has some simple tips to help you:
You must make your request in writing:
A valid request for information should:
Any request that you make for information about environmental matters will be dealt with under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
You should get the information within 20 working days. We will either provide the information you requested or explain why the information can't be made available.
Some information such as personal data or commercially sensitive information may be exempt.
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. This would include staff time, copying and postage costs.
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.