Freedom of Information

On 1 April the single new council for North Yorkshire launched replacing Scarborough Borough Council and other local authorites in North Yorkshire.

To find your Councillor or to view minutes, meetings and agendas please visit the North Yorkshire Council website.


The Council is currently diverting resources away from its usual work in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whilst we will continue to deliver our statutory duties as a public sector organisation, you may experience some delays receiving the information you have requested. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but are grateful for your patience and understanding during this period of disruption.

Disclosure log, requests and advice.

Our approach to managing the information requests is described in the FOI further information below. 

Before you make a request

Before you make a request, please check previous responses on our disclosure logWe get a lot of requests for the same information, so there's a good chance your request has already been answered.

If your FOI request concerns any of the following, please contact North Yorkshire County Council. 

  • Schools
  • Trading Standards
  • Highways and transport (including street lighting)
  • Children’s and youth services
  • Adult services
  • Village greens and commons registration

Information about you

See our GDPR page for more information. 

Making an FOI request

To make an FOI request, please complete the online FOI formPlease provide as much detail as possible as this will help us to deal with your request quickly.

In some circumstances we may charge for responding to requests.  In these cases, we will write to you and give you the option to either change your request or to pay the appropriate fee.  You can find out about fees in FOI further information.

In some circumstances, we do not have to provide the information you have requested, i.e, where we believe that it falls under the exemptions contained within the FOI Act or EIR.

More information is available on exemptions on the Information Commissioner’s website.

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Re Use of Public Sector Information

The Re Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 allows some information that the council produces as part of its public task and which it has made publicly available either by publishing the information or in response to a freedom of information or environmental information regulations request available for re use. 

Re-use means using public sector information, for a purpose other than the initial public task it was produced for.

Typically, this would mean an individual, a company or other organisation taking information we have produced and republishing it or using it to produce a new product or resource, often by combining it with other information. This is sometimes, though not always, on a commercial basis. RPSI is intended to encourage re-use of public sector information.

What information cannot be reused?

The following information cannot be reused:

  • Information that is owned by people other than the council cannot be reused
  • Council logos, crests or insignia cannot be reused
  • Personal data cannot be reused 
  • Information that is not produced as part of the council’s public task cannot be reused

Do I need to make a request to reuse information?

If you want to make a request for re-use, you must submit the request by email to, or by letter to: Regulation and Governance, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG, with your name and address for correspondence, and specify the information you want to re-use and the purpose you intend to use it for.

When we receive a request to re-use information, we will respond within 20 working days. We can extend this time if the information is extensive or the request raises complex issues, but we will inform the requester of this within the 20 day period.

If you wish to reuse information you must comply with the terms of the Open Government Licence (external website)


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