Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

Part 2 Requests for access to information held by local authorities

10 Requests

(1)

Any person may request any local authority to make available to that person any specified official information.

(1AA)

A request under subsection (1)—

(a)

may be made in any form and communicated by any means (including orally); and

(b)

does not need to refer to this Act.

(1A)

Notwithstanding subsection (1), a request made, on or after the date of commencement of this subsection, by or on behalf of a natural person for access to any personal information which is about that person shall be deemed to be a request made pursuant to subclause (1)(b) of principle 6 of the Privacy Act 1993, and shall be dealt with accordingly, and nothing in this Part or in Part 5 shall apply in relation to any such request.

(2)

The official information requested shall be specified with due particularity in the request.

(3)

If the person making the request asks that that request be treated as urgent, that person shall give that person’s reasons for seeking the information urgently.

(4)

A local authority to which an oral request is made under subsection (1) may, if written clarification is reasonably necessary, ask the person requesting the information to put the request in writing to clarify the request.

(5)

If the person requesting the information declines or is unable to put the oral request in writing, the local authority must record its understanding of the request, and provide a copy of the record to the person.

Compare: 1982 No 156 s 12; 1987 No 8 s 6

Section 10(1AA): inserted, on 26 March 2015, by section 6(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 23).

Section 10(1A): inserted, on 1 July 1993, by section 3 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 37).

Section 10(4): inserted, on 26 March 2015, by section 6(2) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 23).

Section 10(5): inserted, on 26 March 2015, by section 6(2) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 23).