Our Policy, Request Form, Fee Schedule
Section 30-4-30 of the South Carolina Code of Laws provides guidelines as to what can be charged when fulfilling Freedom of Information requests.
The Town of Irmo has established the following procedures are to be followed when processing a Freedom of Information request:
- All Freedom of Information requests are to be made in writing on the form provided.
- The request form must be date-stamped to ensure the request is handled according to law.
- The original request must be placed in the FOI notebook.
- The department head, where the request was made, will receive a copy of the request and determine if the request is public. The Town Administrator or department head may consult with the Town Attorney to ensure that the FOI request is reasonable.
- In the absence of the Town Administrator for a period of three working days or longer, FOI requests will be directed a department head.
- In the absence of the Chief of Police for a period of three working days or longer, FOI requests will be directed to the Police Captain
- All copying of documents will be done by Town employees. Charges for photocopying may increase as costs to the Town increase.
- If a search is necessary for production of the requested documents, the first 30 minutes is a reduced flat rate. Any additional search time will be billed per minute. If the Town determines that the requestor should attend while examining the document(s), the charge will be the same as above after the first 30 minutes.
- Requests which requires computer time for search or examination or require expert or technical assistance or service, will be evaluated individually and billed at a rate actually reflecting the Town’s cost.
- A fee schedule will be established and approved by the Town Administrator.
$4.00 will be charged for the first 30 minutes of searching, retrieval, reviewing, or redacting of documents and/or media files.
$0.40 will be charged for each additional minute until the searching, retrieval, reviewing, or redacting is completed.
$5.00 will be charged for digital media placed on CD’s or DVD’s. This does not include the fees associated with the searching, reviewing, or redacting associated with making the disc.
$0.10 will be charged for each color photo printed.
PURSUANT TO S.C. CODE ANN. §30-2-50, OBTAINING OR USING PUBLIC RECORDS FOR COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION DIRECTED TO ANY PERSON IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IS PROHIBITED, AND IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $500 AND IMPRISONMENT UP TO ONE YEAR, OR BOTH.