Freedom of information

Your legal rights

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 provide you with rights to obtain information from Scottish public authorities such as North Lanarkshire Council.

The general effect of these legal rights is that any person who requests information from a Scottish public authority is entitled to be given that information, and expect to receive it within 20 working days.

Publicly available information

Before making a request, please use the search facility on this website to find out whether the information you want is already publicly available.

Making a request

To make a request, write to us using the address details in the 'contact us' box or email

Please be specific when describing the information you want as this will help us process your request quicker.

Certain information is exempt and cannot be disclosed in response to a request. For example, personal data or information that is commercially sensitive.  If information you have requested is exempt from release, we will explain why and notify you of your rights to appeal.

Further detailed guidance on exemptions and making requests is available from the website of the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Our publication scheme

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires Scottish Public Authorities to produce and maintain a Publication Scheme.  Authorities, including North Lanarkshire Council, are required to:

publish the classes of information that they make routinely available; and tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost.

North Lanarkshire Council has adopted the Model Publication Scheme produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner.

The Council has also produced a pdf icon Freedom of Information Guide to Information - Model Publication Scheme [125kb].

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions. For more information on this scheme, see 'downloads' or 'other useful websites'.



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