How can you request official information?

Any person may make a request for official information. There is no prescribed way in which a request must be made. The only requirement is that the official information requested must be “specified with due particularity”. 3749  The request does not need to:

-  Be in any particular form
-  Be in writing
-  Refer to the Official Information Act or the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act

The agency must decide whether the request for official information will be granted (and if so in what manner and for what, if any, charge) as soon as reasonably practicable but within 20 working days of the request being received. 3750  If the request will be granted, the agency must release the official information without undue delay. 3751

The agency may extend the maximum time limit only if: 3752

-  The request is for a large quantity of information or necessitates a search through a large quantity of information and meeting the time limit would unreasonably interfere with the operations of the agency; or
-  Consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

  1. Section 12 Official Information Act 1982 and Section 10 Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

  2. Section 15 Official Information Act 1982 and Section 13 Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

  3. Section 28(5) Official Information Act 1982 and Section 27(5) Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

  4. Section 15A Official Information Act 1982 and Section 14 Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

Last updated at 11:21AM on March 6, 2015