Make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request

What a Freedom of Information request is

The law gives everyone a right to see information collected and held by the Council, unless there is a good reason for not disclosing it.  This is called Freedom of Information or FOI.  You can read more about Scottish FOI law on the UK Government website.

Make an FOI request

To check if we've already published what you want, see our How to find or ask for information page.

To make an FOI request, please ask us in writing using the online form below or by email or post.

If you need any help to make your request, or if you need the information itself in another language or format, please contact us.


In some cases, there is a cost for providing the information.  If this is so, we will tell you in advance. Please note we may not supply information if the cost makes it unreasonable to do so. Download an explanation of costs.

Time to respond

We will respond to you within 20 working days, although we may ask you for more details first to help us find what you want.

If we can't give you the information

If we don't hold the information or we believe there is a good reason to withhold it, we will write to you.  If you disagree with this or are unhappy with how we have dealt with your request, you can ask us to review the decision.

If you then do not agree with the outcome of the review, you can appeal to the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC).  You can find out how to appeal on the OSIC website.

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