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The Information We Publish

We have adopted the Scottish Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme and we publish information in the following classes:

Class 1: About the authority - Information about the authority, who we are, where to find us, how to contact us, how we are managed and our external relations.

Please see the About Us and Contact Us pages.

Class 2: How we deliver our functions and services - Information about our work, our strategies and policies for delivering our functions and services and information for our service users.

You can find our Interim Strategic Plan on our website.

Class 3: How we take decisions and what we have decided - Information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others.

Minutes of our Board meetings are published regularly on our website (see Keep up to date). Our Board operates under agreed Standing Orders and we have a Framework Agreement with the Scottish Government, both of which can be found on the Our Organisation page.

We will also publish outcome reports from investigations we undertake.

Class 4: What we spend and how we spend it - Information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources.

Year-end financial information will be published via our annual accounts and annual report.

Class 5: How we manage our human, physical and information resources.

  • Our staffing structure and staff handbook are available on request.
  • We do not currently hold any physical resources.
  • Our Privacy Policy is available here: Environmental Standards Scotland Privacy Notice. Our Records Management Plan is available on request.

Class 6: How we procure goods and services from external providers.

An ESS procurement policy is in development.

Class 7: How we are performing - Information about how we perform as an organisation and how well we deliver our functions and services.

Our Interim Strategic Plan commits us to developing a set of performance indicators and reporting against these annually. This development will take place as part of the production of our Final Strategic Plan, and an Annual Report and performance scorecard will be published annually on our website.

Class 8: Our commercial publications - Information packaged and made available for sale on a commercial basis and sold at market value through a retail outlet e.g., bookshop, museum or research journal.

We do not currently sell any information on a commercial basis.

Class 9: Our open data - The open data we make available as described by the Scottish Government’s Open Data Strategy and Resource Pack, available under an open licence.

We do not currently hold any data that we make available in this way.


How to Make a Freedom of Information Request

If the information you are looking for isn't covered above, you can make a request to us to release it.

To make a Subject Access Request for access to personal data (i.e. if you believe we hold information on you or someone you are acting on behalf of, and you would like access to it), please download and complete a Subject Access Request and email it to

For non-personal information, please email your request to, including your name and as much detail as possible about the information you are seeking.

For guidance on how to make a request, please see the Scottish Information Commissioner's website:

Freedom of Information At A Glance / How Do I Ask? / Tips For Requesters

Once we receive your request, we will acknowledge it and respond within 20 working days. We will not normally charge for responding, but if we consider your request likely to cost more than £600 we may refuse your request and advise on how your request can be modified to come under this threshold. We may also charge if you request hard copies of the information.

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How can we help you?

If you want to raise a formal concern over how environmental law is being applied by a public authority in Scotland, please see our pages on How to raise a concern.

For Freedom of Information and Subject Access requests, please see our Freedom of Information pages.

Otherwise, if you have a general query, please contact us by completing this form. If you are unable to send us a message through this form please leave a message on 0808 196 4000.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Environmental Standards Scotland respects your privacy and will not disclose your personal data to a third party without your consent unless legally required to do so. We will process any personal data that may be collected from you for the purpose of fulfilling your enquiry and maintaining records. To find out more, please view our privacy policy.

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