Make a Freedom of Information request

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) gives you the right to access recorded information held by Midlothian Council. 

There are some restrictions on the information we can provide, for example, if the information is sensitive or the costs to provide the information are too high. 

Request access to information (FOI / EIR)

Or make a request by post using our contact details.

Environmental information (EIR)

Your request may be handled under different regulations depending on the kind of information you ask for, such as the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs).

The law gives you the right to see environmental information collected and held by the Council including things like:

  • Air and water quality
  • Noise
  • Waste
  • Radiation
  • Plans or activities that affect the above

It will be clear on your response where we have treated your response as an EIR.

What happens next

We will tell you in advance if there is a cost for providing the information.

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.  

In complex cases we are allowed by law to take up to 40 days, but we will write to you and explain why.

For more information about freedom of information visit the Scottish Information Commissioner's website.