You do not have to pay a fee to make an FOI request. However, the Freedom of Information (General) Regulations, 2008 outline when a fee can be charged for delivery of records, the maximum amount that can be charged, and how fees can be waived.
If the applicant inspects the record(s) on the premises of the public authority there is no cost, but if the copies of the record are requested (either electronically or in hard copy) fees may apply. Public authorities can charge for reproduction or conversion of their records, and the FOI Regulations outline the maximum fees for each form and copy. For example, black and white photocopies of documents will be provided for $1.00 per page and colour photocopies for $1.50 per page.
The Information Manager will give the applicant an estimate of the fees associated with the request, which must be paid before delivery of the record. The Information Manager or Chief Officer of the public authority can waive associated fees if the applicant is of inadequate means, or if they decide that there is any other good reason.
Full text of the Freedom of Information (General) Regulations, 2008, which outlines fees in detail, can be downloaded on the FOI Legislation page.
Last Updated: 2008-12-16