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Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs) sit alongside Scotland's FOI Act, and govern access to environmental information held by Scottish public authorities. The EIRs require every Scottish public authority to publish environmental information, and make it available on request. 

The EIRs are separate from the FOI Act. The rights provided by the EIRs are similar to those under the FOI Act, but there are also important differences.

A full text of EIRs, including amendments to date, is available on The National Archives' website:

Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) (EIRs)


Environmental Information Guidance

We have published detailed guidance on the EIRs. This guidance can be downloaded from the following pages:

The Scottish Government's Section 60 Code of Practice, which includes guidance on how public authorities should respond to requests for environmental information, is available here: Section 60 Code of Practice.



Environmental Information Research Study

EIR Research Project - University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is looking for people to help them out with a major new research study exploring access to environmental information in Scotland.  You might be a person who has accessed environmental information from a public body, or a public authority employee with responsibility for publishing environmental information or responding to requests - either way, the researchers would like to hear about your experiences.

Find out more or take part in the study

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