How to request information | Oxfordshire County Council

How to request information

How you can access information held by us via a freedom of information request.

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Before making your information request

Oxfordshire County Council already makes available a large amount of information through several means including this website. Before making your request, please do check whether the information you are looking for is already available to you. The open information page lists some of the commonly requested data.

Making a successful request for information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOI Act) gives a right of public access to all recorded information held by Oxfordshire County Council, unless an exemption from release applies. The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 provide a similar right of access to environmental information held by the Council.

What information you can request

You have the right to request any information held by Oxfordshire County Council. 

However, the Freedom of Information Act  (and the Environmental Information Regulations) do not give an automatic right to council documents or other types of records. There may be exemptions that apply in the public interest or to protect personal data. 

Make it clear what you want to know

Think carefully about what information you are seeking. It is better to be as specific as you can about the information you are seeking, rather than asking general questions – as otherwise we will need to contact you to clarify your request. 

You do not have to say why you want the information.

Submit your information request  

You can submit Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Requests using the council’s online request form here:

The council’s Freedom of Information Team is the first port of call for your information requests.
If you are unable to use the online form, you can email your request to or post it to us at FOI Team, County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND.

If you need further advice about making a freedom of information request please contact the FOI team

Last reviewed
15 February 2018
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