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.

The full text of the EIRs, including amendments to date, is available on The National Archives' legislation.gov.uk website:
Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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

A team of researchers at the University of Dundee have been exploring how the right to access environmental information is used in Scotland, and whether its objectives are being achieved. For more about the project and its findings, see the project website:

Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information


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