Freedom of Information Request

If you would like to request information from the Department of Planning, we kindly suggest that you initially browse our website thoroughly and check the disclosure log to see if the information that you seek has already been published.

If you wish to make a request for information then you should contact the Information Manager or make a request online at the FOI unit website.

Requests must be in writing (letter, email or facsimile) and must include your name and an address (either postal or e-mail). Please be as specific as possible about the information you would like, as this will help us to respond promptly. Where possible, please include a contact telephone number so we can call to discuss your request if necessary.

We will respond to your request promptly. The Law requires public authorities to respond within 30 calendar days, allowing an extension of an additional 30 calendar days if needed. We will always acknowledge receipt of FOI requests made to the Information Manager and we will let you know if we need to extend the deadline. For detailed advice on what sorts of information is exempt please see the FOI Unit website.

FOI applications to the Department of Planning can be made using the following form:
Planning Department FOI Application Form

An FOI application can be made to amend or annotate a personal record using the following form:
Planning Department FOI Amendment or Annotation Form

Please note that there may be fees associated with your application. Details can be obtained by viewing the FOI
fee schedule here:
FOI Fee Schedule

If you make a request under the Freedom of Information Law and are not satisfied with our response, you are entitled to an internal review. If you believe you are entitled to an internal review, please put your appeal in writing and either e-mail or post it to the Information Manager. Include your name, address, telephone number and the reference number at the top of our letter or e-mail to you. You have 30 calendar days from the date of receipt of a refusal to request an internal review. Please explain why you would like us to review our original response.

Under section 33 of the FOI Law, you may ask for an Internal Review of a response to your request:

  1. If you were refused access;
  2. If you were granted partial access to the record(s) specified in your application;
  3. If your request was deferred;
  4. If there was a refusal to amend or annotate an official document containing personal information; or
  5. If a fee was charged for action taken or if you disagree with the amount of the fee charged;

where the decision was taken by a person other than the responsible Minister, Chief Officer or Principal Officer of the public authority.

If you are dissatisfied with the internal review of our decision, or an internal review was not available, you can seek an appeal from the Information Commissioner.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at the Information Commissioner’s Office via email, by telephone (747-5402), or through the website.