Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA)

Submit a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA)

Please send requests in writing to the:

City of Charleston Corporation Counsel
50 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401 

You may also send requests via U.S. mail, or fax to 843-724-3706, or email FOIA. Information regarding FOIA requests for Charleston Police Department records should be sent via email.

The FOIA gives public bodies 10 working days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, to reply to written requests and make a determination about the release of records. If the request is granted, the City has additional time to make the documents available for inspection or copying. The City may impose reasonable rules concerning time and place of access to records.

Fee Schedule

The FOIA gives public bodies the right to charge and collect reasonable fees not to exceed the actual cost of searching for and copying documents. The City of Charleston's schedule of fees is as follows:

  • Search, retrieval, and redaction of records - Actual hourly salary of lowest paid employee who has the training and skill to respond to the request
    • There is no charge for records retrieved and copied within one hour or less.
  • Black-and-white photocopies - $0.10 per page
    •  There is no charge for copies of records if the total number of pages responsive to the request is 10 pages or less.
  • Color photocopies - $0.20 per page
    •  There is no charge for copies of records if the total number of pages responsive to the request is 10 pages or less.
  • CD or DVD - $5 each
  • Flash Drive - $12 each
  • Large quantities of documents or oversized documents will be sent to an outside business for copying which charges requestor the actual dollar amount for work.
  • A deposit of 25% of estimated staff search time may be requested.