FOIA Inquiries

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Inquiries


Public Notice

SC law provides that it is a crime to knowingly obtain or use personal information from a public body for commercial solicitation.

How to request public records

  • Inquiries for any department should be sent to the town clerk by US Mail: Town Clerk, 115 US Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach, SC 29575-6034, or dropped off in person at town hall, or emailed to  Notice regarding emailed request: The requestor is responsible for ensuring the request is received by the town. Faxed inquires are not accepted.  
  • Surfside Beach Police Department requires a specific form, please complete          SBPD FOIA FORM and submit to
  • All other inquiries please submit your request in writing as directed above. In order to comply with your request please be specific about information being requested, i.e. subject matter, time frames, particular department or departments, etc.

Records Available

Pursuant to FOIA §30-4-30(d) and §30-4-50(A)(8) the following records are available for public inspection during regular business hours, and are available 24/7 on the town’s website at the respective links.

Response times to acknowledge your request pursuant to FOIA

  • Ten (10) business days when the record is less than 24 months old
  • Twenty (20) business days when the record is more than 24 months old
  • The response will include the approximate cost for filling the request, and whether a deposit is required (see Fees below)

Delivery times pursuant to FOIA

  • Records less than 24 months old, delivery within 30 calendar days from the acknowledgment date or from receipt of 25% deposit, if required
  • Records over 24 months old, delivery within 35 calendar days from the acknowledgment date or from receipt of deposit, if required


  • A deposit of not more than 25-percent of the reasonably anticipated cost for reproduction of the records may be required. Actual balance due is payable upon delivery of the documents
  • Copy rates per page:  Black & White Copy – 20 cents; Color Copy - 81 cents
  • Scanning documents to create electronic file when one does not exist – 5 cents each page
  • Search, retrieving and redacting records shall be at the rate of $15 per hour regardless of the staff member performing research to fulfill the request

Freedom of Information Act Code (FOIA)

South Carolina Code §30-4-30 stipulates that the public has a right to inspect and/or to copy public documents.  View the code at