Freedom of Information (FOI)
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Anyone can make an information request for recorded information held by the council. The council will decide whether an information request should be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). You can find out more about this in Access to information and fees.
Frequently requested information
Before you make a Freedom of Information (FOI) or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) request, take a look at some of our most frequently requested information as you may find what you are looking for without having to submit a request.
We also publish information such as facts, figures, maps etc about the following topics:
Make an FOIA/EIR request to Dorset Council (including Dorset Waste Partnership)
Make an FOI request using our online form
There is a statutory time limit of 20 working days for FOIA and EIR requests to be answered.
Requests for personal data
If however you would like to request personal data about yourself or a child you have parental responsibility for, you will need to submit a Subject Access Request (SAR) under the Data Protection Act. In this case please use our SAR form instead.
Will there be a cost?
FOI and EIR requests are normally answered free of charge but there are circumstances where a charge may be made. See additional information about associated fees
FOI and Data Protection contact details