Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford, along with the rest of England, is now in lockdown until further notice. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.

Make an FOI request

Make an FOI request

You can request information from us under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).

Before you make an FOI request, you should check that we haven’t already published the information you are looking for.

You can find information across our website, or use our Publication Scheme to check what information we publish, where we publish it and how often.

We also publish information for transparency, and keep a record of previous FOI requests.

To make an FOI request, you will need:

  • your name, address and contact details    
  • details of the information you are looking for

Once you have submitted your request, we will respond within 20 working days with the information you requested.

Some information is exempt from FOI requests, such as personal or sensitive information, or information controlled under Data Protection. If the information you requested is exempt, we will be unable to release it, but will contact you to explain why.

You can find out more from the Information Commissioner

We can provide most information free of charge. However, in some cases we will charge you if we estimate that it will cost us more than £450 to process your request. If we do need to charge you, we will contact you before providing the information, and you can decide if you want to:

  • change your request
  • pay an agreed amount

If you are unsatisfied with our response to your request, you can ask for an internal review.

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    Last updated: 22 January 2021

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