SEPA’s Publication scheme is your guide to accessing information held by us. It tells you what kind of information we have, how you can access it and what your rights are.

The publication scheme is required under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (section 23). The scheme sets out:

  • information that we routinely make publicly available
  • how we will publish that information
  • if we will provide the information for free or if there is a charge for it.

The scheme has to be approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner. However, we have also included guidance about the Environmental Information Regulations, the Data Protection Act 1998 and other access to information legislation. See the menu on the left for a quick summary of your rights.

We welcome changes that will make information more accessible, and we will work to comply with the spirit, as well as the letter, contained in the regulations.  Inevitably, with different sets of rules governing information, there is the possibility of confusion or conflicting priorities. Where this occurs, we will aim to choose whichever option favours the enquirer. In other words, we will not use grey areas between the regulations to delay or restrict information release.

Sometimes, it will be necessary for us to withhold information. However, our aim is to be as open and transparent as possible. If we cannot release information we will always try to explain why, along with details of how you can appeal.  If you need help making your request, or you have any special access or format requirements, please contact us.