Freedom of Information Act Requests

The Town of Chapin recognizes that the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (SC Code 30-4-10) enacted by the South Carolina General Assembly gives every citizen the right to access government meetings, documents and records. As such, many public documents are housed on the Town’s website.

By standardizing the Town of Chapin’s procedures for processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and establishing reasonable fees for such requests, the Town will ensure its compliance with FOIA and provide greater transparency of Town operations and policies.

All requests for information pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) must be made in writing and submitted in person or by mail, email or fax to the Town of Chapin. In addition, a copy of the driver’s license for the person requesting information is required. In order to assist citizens making FOIA requests, the Town of Chapin has developed the attached suggested FOIA Request Form.  This form is only intended to ease the process for citizens when making their written FOIA requests and is not a requirement by the Town to process any written requests it receives.  Refer to Fee Schedule outlining reasonable costs that may be incurred by the requesting party during the Town of Chapin’s FOIA request processing.   

In accordance with FOIA, the Town of Chapin must respond to a written request within fifteen (15) working days (excludes Saturdays, Sundays and legal public holidays).  A written FOIA request is not required to obtain the following:

  • Minutes of meetings for past six months
  • All reports related to the nature, location and substance of a crime committed in last fourteen (14) days
  • Documents identifying individuals confined to any jail or detention center in past three (3) months (excluding restricted juvenile records)

Any questions about the Town of Chapin’s FOIA policy should be directed to the Director of Communication’s Office at 803.575.8039. 

Citizen's Guide to SC FOIA