Freedom of Information
A request for information under the Freedom of Information Act must be made in writing. It should indicate that the information is being sought under the Freedom of Information Act.
The request should also be sufficiently clear for the RTB to identify the records sought and should include your contact details. If the RTB is not clear as to the records being sought we will contact you to seek clarification. RTB staff will be happy to assist you with your request and this may involve more than one clarification attempts.
Subject to the exemptions provided for in the FOI Act, the RTB may decide to grant the request, part-grant the request, or refuse the request. The RTB will notify the requestor of the decision and will give reasons as to why a record may have been part-granted or refused.
The RTB is not required to search for or provide non-personal records created on or before 21 April 2012. This does not apply to requests for personal information. If you are seeking personal information, please supply the appropriate photographic identification with your request e.g. copy of driving licence and utility bill. If you are requesting the personal information of another person, please state precisely, the person’s name and the type of records being requested. Requesters will not be provided with access to personal information of another person unless (where appropriate) prior written consent of the person to whom it relates has been obtained. This consent will be verified by the RTB before such a request is dealt with.
Please note that it is the policy of the RTB to publish FOI requests, under our disclosure log, on our website. The information displayed does not include any personal identification data. To view our disclosure log, please click here.
Freedom of Information Publication Scheme
The RTB publishes a Freedom of Information Publication Scheme as per Section 8(7) of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. To view the latest information please click here.
Several sections of this website outline certain aspects of the FOI Act 2014. By doing this the RTB hopes to assist the public in making an FOI request. These pages are intended as a non-technical guide to certain aspects of the FOI Act 2014. They do not represent a legal interpretation and should not be taken as a definitive representation of anything contained in the FOI Act 2014.
Related Documents and Useful Links
For further information on Freedom of Information, please find some useful links below:
Freedom of Information Act
Office of the Information Commissioner
Freedom of Information Central Policy Unit