Freedom of Information

Your Information Rights

Under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSBC 1996, c. 165 hereafter referred to as the "Act", any person who makes a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has a right of access to records in the custody or under the control of the Village of Pemberton, or any other public body.  This right of access does not extend to information which is exempted from disclosure under Division 2 of the Act.  However, if the information exempted from disclosure can reasonably be severed from a record, an applicant has the right of access to the remainder of the record.

If research of the requested record takes in excess of three (3) hours, the fourth and subsequent hour(s) are subject to the payment of a fee in accordance with the Schedule of Maximum Fees. Additionally, fees may apply for creating, copying, and delivering records.

Download the Freedom of Information Bylaw No. 709, 2012.

Routinely Available Records

A written request for access to records is not required if a record is routinely available. A  routinely available record may be obtained by asking the the department that holds the record to provide it. 

Routinely available records include those that have been released to the public or are available for purchase by the public, records of public meetings, and records that contain no personal or proprietary information. If you are unsure if a written request to access records is necessary, please email Corporate, Legislative Services and Administration.

To request access to a building file, please submit a Request to View Building Files form to

How to Make a Request

Required Documents & Information

To obtain access to a record, the applicant must pay the application fee of $10 for each request and make a Request for Access to Records that:

  • Provides sufficient detail to enable to FOI Officer, with a reasonable effort, to identify the records sought;
  • Provides written proof of the authority of the applicant to make the request, if the applicant is acting on behalf of another person in accordance with the regulations.

The applicant may ask for a copy of the record, or ask to examine the record.

Online Request for Access to Records Form

Our Duty to Assist Applicants

The FOI Officer will provide a letter of confirmation that the request has been received and outline details related to the fee schedule. The FOI Officer will make every reasonable effort to assist applicants and to respond without delay to each applicant openly, accurately and completely.

Time Limit for Responding

Subject to sections 7, 23, and 24 of the Act, upon receiving a FOI request the Village of Pemberton has thirty (30) business days in which to respond.

If on the application, the applicant does not give enough detail to enable the FOI Officer to identify a requested record, the Village of Pemberton may extend the time for responding to the request for up to thirty (30) business days.

Contents of the Response

In a response, the FOI Officer must tell the applicant whether or not they are entitled access to the record or to part of the record, and where, when and how access will be given.


For any inquiries regarding Freedom of Information Requests at the Village of Pemberton, please contact:

FOI Officer, Village of Pemberton
Email FOI Officer