Freedom of Information Act

South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) makes records and meetings of public bodies open and available to citizens, with some exceptions.

View SC Code of Laws §30-4-10 - Public Records

Records Available Online

How do I make a FOIA Request?

To submit, track and/or search public records requests use the Town's online Public Records Request Portal.

You have three options when submitting an online request:

  1. Public Information Request
    General requests for public records, not including building records requests.
  2. Building Records Request
    Requests for building permits, building and site plans, and flood elevation certificates.
  3. Fire Rescue Public Information Request
    Requests for fire incident reports and EMS-related information.

Submit a Public Records Request


How long will it take to get a response?

The Town has 10 business days, excluding weekends and observed holidays, to determine and respond if the information requested is publicly available under FOIA, unless the requested record is more than 24 months old, in which case the deadline is 20 business days.

How long will it take to get the records?

Fees

Per SC law, a public body may charge for searching, retrieving, redacting and copying records.

Questions?

Contact our Administration Manager, Faidra Smith at FaidraS@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or 843-341-4640.