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Freedom of information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) allows you to request access to information about us that is not routinely published.

An FOI request must be made in writing or by email. You can download the FOI request form below.

Request for access to information application form (PDF) [66KB] (opens new window)

Request for access to information application form (Word doc) [120KB]

When completing this form, you must:

  • state the name of the requestor
  • provide an address or email for correspondence
  • describe the information requested

Send the completed form to us by email or post using the details below.


Information Compliance Officer
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
SO43 7PA

Alternatively, please email your request directly to

If your request relates solely to a planning application, please visit:View or comment on a planning application

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is to ensure greater openness in central and local government and other public bodies. The Act created new rights of access to information held by public bodies.

It requires a public authority to produce a Publication Scheme, ensure the scheme is kept up to date and to publish information in accordance with the scheme.

The Act also creates a right of access to recorded information not made routinely available in its Publication Scheme. This is known as an FOI request.

Local Government Transparency Code 

New Forest District Council must comply with the Local Government Transparency Code set out by the Government, which lists categories of information which allow scrutiny of spend and performance, information we feel supports the principles of the code is published on our transparency and open government pages.

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