Freedom of Information Act
This page provides information about how to apply to the Council under the Freedom Of Information Act
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 came into force in January 2005 and gives any person legal rights of access to information which is held by a public authority.
Under the Freedom of Information Act you may request information from a public authority which has functions in England, Wales and/or Northern Ireland.
Epping Forest District Council is committed to Freedom of Information and must reply to any written request for information within 20 working days of the date of receipt.
The Act confers two statutory rights for applicants:
1.To be told whether or not the public authority holds that information, and if so
2.To have that information communicated to them, if it is not exempt under the law
Further information and guidance on all aspects of Freedom of Information can be found on the Information Commissioners website
Publication and Policy Scheme
The Freedom of Information Act requires all public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication and policy scheme. The idea of the scheme is to let everyone know what information we automatically or routinely publish. The way that the Act does this is to require that the scheme specify classes of information.
To make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act you must make a written request.
This can be done by any of the following methods:
1. Online: Freedom of Information Request Online Form
2. Contacting us:
Freedom of Information Officer
Address: Democratic Services, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street,, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ
Telephone: 01992 564244
Fax: 01992 564488