Freedom of Information Act Fees
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 Fees Order allows public authorities to charge for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests in certain circumstances.
Where the cost of complying with a written request for information is estimated to be below 18 hours or £450 (the "appropriate limit"), there will be no charge other than the costs of reproducing the information, postage and other forms of transmitting the information as specified below.
You will be issued with a fees notice and must pay the costs specified therein within a period of three months before the council can comply with the request.
No charge is made to view information which the council is statutorily required to have available to the general public, or for copies of most of the leaflets, brochures and pamphlets produced by the council.
Charges will be made for the supply of specific documents, such as budget books, local plans and electoral registers, as detailed in the council's publication scheme.
Charges where complying with a request would exceed the 'appropriate limit'
The council is not obliged to respond to written request for information where it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would be in excess of £450 or 18 hours (the "appropriate limit"). In such cases the council will discuss with the applicant whether he or she would prefer to modify the request to reduce the cost. In some cases it may not be possible to modify the request to reduce the cost, and so the council is not obliged to comply.
When estimating the cost of complying with a request for information the council will take into account:
- Determining whether the information is held,
- Locating the information or a document which may contain the information,
- Retrieving the information, or a document that may contain the information, and
- Extracting the information from a document containing it
Charges for copying
If you require copies of documents (other than leaflets and brochures available free of charge), a copying charge will apply as per the council's policy - currently 10p per copy.
More information regarding fees is available from The Information Commissioner (please see external links) who is responsible for enforcing the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.