Official Information Request
West Coast Regional Council like any other government body processes requests for information. These official information requests are made under the following legislation:
These aim to balance issues of transparency and public interest with limits on the disclosure of personal information.
How long will it take?
We will acknowledge your request as soon as practical and respond within 20 working days of your inquiry. In most cases council can process requests at the time they're made. When we are unable to process your request, we will let you know whether or not we can grant your request within the time limit.
How do I make a request?
Your request must be specific. If your request is not specific enough, or if the information requested is held by another government organisation we will help you make your request in the proper way or to the appropriate organisation.
If your request is urgent you must provide a suitable reason for seeking urgency. We will try to process your request as soon as possible.
You can make your request:
- Online using our online official information request form
- By email through email@example.com
- In person at one of our regional council offices
- By post
What if my request is refused?
If your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act is turned down and you don't think there was a good reason, you can make a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman.
If you're not happy with the information provided under the Privacy Act you can contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.