Access to Information

About Freedom of Information (FOI)

Your right under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act to see information held by Historic Environment Scotland.

You have a legal right to ask to see information held by Scotland’s public authorities, including us. Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, all you have to do is request the information you want. We will then provide it to you within 20 working days.

Find out how to request information.  

We aim to be as open as possible, but the Act lets us withhold some types of information. This includes personal information and information relating to national security. Where we withhold information we will always tell you why.

Learn more about exemptions.

You can ask us to review our decision if either:  

  • we’ve taken longer than 20 days to respond to your request  
  • you disagree with our reasons for withholding information

Read more on how to make a complaint about a decision.  

If you’re unhappy with our review decision, you can appeal to the independent Scottish Information Commissioner


FOI Officer
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place