When you make an informal request for information, the department that has the information may charge you a fee to cover its costs in processing your request. Departments charge in accordance with our Freedom of Information Bylaw Number 5651
Formal FOI Requests
We may charge you fees to cover the cost of processing your FOI request. We will not charge you fees for access to your own personal information or for the first three hours spent searching for and retrieving the records.
If we are going to charge you any fees, we will send you a fee estimate before processing your request. We may also require you to provide us with a deposit.
Our fees are charged in accordance with our Freedom of Information Bylaw Number 5651 and the Schedule of Maximum Fees as established by British Columbia Regulation 323/93
For example, the following fees apply for non-commercial applicants (i.e. private individuals):
- $7.50 per quarter hour ($30 / hour) after the first 3 hours spent locating, retrieving, and producing the requested records;
- $7.50 per quarter hour ($30 / hour) to prepare records for disclosure (includes the time spent photocopying and reassembling files)
- $0.25 per page of regular photocopies provided; and
- Shipping and handling charges (method chosen by applicant)
To help reduce fees and to minimize expenses, please narrow the scope of your request as much as possible. Also, you should try to specify a date range, the more precise, the easier it will be to locate the records.