BUSINESS

FOIA REQUEST

The Town of Aynor is committed to conducting business in an open manner and making it possible for the public to have access to records in accordance with the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Chapter 4, Title 30, Code of Laws of South Carolina.

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (Section 30-4-20) defines the “public record” as “all books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, or other documentary materials regardless of physical form or characteristics prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by a public body.”

 

All requests for records under the FOIA should be submitted in writing to: Town of Aynor, Attention: Laurie Smith, Town Clerk, P.O. Box 66, Aynor, S.C. 29511 or by email to: townofaynor@sccoast.net  

 

Making A FOIA Request

A request form is available here for your convenience. All FOIA requests should include the following information:

  • Name

  • Address

  • Email address

  • Telephone number

  • Detailed description of the public records requested

  • Date of request

  • Affiliation and whether or not the information will be used for commercial solicitation

  • Justification if requesting waiver from fees

 

Exemptions and Prohibitions

FOIA provides public access to existing non-exempt records. The law does not require creation or generation of records that do not exist. Certain records may be exempted from release by the FOIA, and those exemptions are specified in S.C. Code Section 30-4-40.

 

Please note that South Carolina law (FOIA Section 30-2-50) prohibits the obtaining or use of public records for commercial solicitation directed at any person.

 

Timelines

 

Under the FOIA, the Town has 10 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) to notify the requester of its determination as to the public availability of the public record requested. Following that notification, the Town has 30 calendar days to produce the records relative to the FOIA request. For records that are more than 24 months old, the initial notification deadline is 20 business days, and records must be produced within 35 calendar days. All those deadlines may be extended by mutual agreement of the requester and the Town.