Freedom of information and Environmental Information Regulations

Make a FOI request

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was implemented in January 2005 at the same time as the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), giving the public the right to access all of the information held by public authorities, although there are a few Exemptions (FOI) and Exceptions (EIR) that allow the council to legitimately withhold information under certain circumstances.  For full details on exemptions and exceptions go to the Information Commissioner's website.

The Act also requires public authorities to produce a guide to the information it holds known as a publication scheme, which details the types of information held by the authority.

The publication scheme facilitates the proactive release of information and supports the council's commitment to the provision of greater openness and transparency.

Any queries in relation to Freedom of Information or Environmental Information Regulations please either telephone 01271 388262 or via email to: legalservices@northdevon.gov.uk.

Making a request

Statistics

We collect quarterly statistics on FOI requests in line with Ministry of Justice guidance.

Further information on freedom of information can be found at the Information Commissioner's Office website.

Internal reviews

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of a request that we have responded to, you have the right to request an internal review which should be received within two months from the date of the response letter.   Internal Review requests can be e-mailed to legalservices@northdevon.gov.uk, or made in writing.

If you are are not content with the outcome of an Internal Review, you also have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision.