The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 give you rights to access official information recorded and held by public authorities.

Publication Scheme

Before you make an FOI or EIR request, you should check our Publication Scheme to see if we have already published the information you are looking for.

Check Publication Scheme

If you cannot find the information you are looking for on our website, often routine enquiries can be resolved with a phone call to the relevant service. Please check our A-Z of services.

Make an FOI or EIR request

You should try to describe the information you want in as much detail as possible - for example,  'minutes of the meeting where the decision to do X was made' rather than 'everything you have about X'. This will help us to find the information you need.

FOI request online

You can also email foi@waverley.gov.uk.

Possible charges

We may charge a small fee for photocopying, postage and packing.  We will let you know how much you owe us before we send you the information you have asked for.

Timescales

We will acknowledge your application within three working days and respond within 20 working days.

Exemptions

We may not disclose information if it falls under one of the exemptions given in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Number of requests

There is no limit to the amount of requests you can make providing each request is different. If you make repeated requests for the same information or are obviously trying to disrupt our work we reserve the right to refuse your requests. You can find information on repeated and vexatious requests on the Information Commissioner's website.

Confidentiality

Your request is not confidential. We may publish your request and our response, as well as any other communications relating to the request.  We will remove all personal details such as your name and contact details.

Accessible information

If you need to receive information in a different format, just let us know and we can organise this for you.  Email foi@waverley.gov.uk.  

Personal information 

The regulations and the Freedom of Information Act do not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves).  Individuals have a right to information held about them under the Data Protection Act.  See Data Protection Act - request personal information

More information

See the Information Commissioner's Office website for guidance and advice for the public.

Find out more about The Freedom of Information Act on gov.uk.

 

Page owner: Vanessa de Chazal. Last updated: 09/05/2016 13:55