South Carolina Freedom of Information Act Request

The General Assembly finds that it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner so that citizens shall be advised of the performance of public officials and of the decisions that are reached in public activity and in the formulation of public policy. Toward this end, provisions of this chapter must be construed so as to make it possible for citizens, or their representatives, to learn and report fully the activities of their public officials at a minimum cost or delay to the persons seeking access to public documents or meetings. (South Carolina Freedom of Information Act Request – South Carolina Code Annotated §30-4-15)

The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides public access to meetings and records of a public body with certain limited exceptions. For most records, FOIA requires a written request to be delivered to the County Administration or County Department. Requests may be made by letter or by using the County’s Freedom of Information Act request form (accessed through the link below). Requests can be made directly to all County departments and agencies. Additionally, requests can be sent to the County Administration via fax (864-596-2232), mail (County Administration, ATTN: FOIA, PO Box 5666, Spartanburg, SC 29304), hand delivery (Suite 1000, County Administration Building, 366 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC) or via e-mail to countyfoia@spartanburgcounty.org.

In order to obtain information you must be able to provide a reasonable description of the public records you are seeking. Spartanburg County charges a fee for the cost of searching and/or making copies of records. When you have completed and submitted the form, a written response will be mailed to you within 15 working days from the date the request was received which will advise of the County’s determination and the reasons therefore. Provided documents responsive to the request are available and not subject to an exemption, a cost for the request will be included in the County’s written response. Upon payment of the cost, the records will be made available to the requester.

If this request is specifically for 911  information, please refer the Communications/911 FOIA Request page..

FOIA Request Form