Freedom of information (FOI) requests

What are the legal requirements for a FOI request?

For your request to be dealt with according to the Freedom of Information Act, you must: 

  • contact us directly
  • make the request in writing, for example in a letter or an email. You can make a verbal or written request for environmental information
  • give your real name; and
  • give an address to which we can reply. This can be a postal or email address. 

You do not have to: 

  • mention the Freedom of Information Act or Environmental Information Regulations, although it may help to do so
  • know whether the information is covered by the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations; or 
  • say why you want the information.