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, except the Surfside Beach Police Department, should be sent to the town clerk at by email, or to Debra Herrmann, CMC, Town Clerk, 115 US Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach, SC 29575-6034 by US Mail. Please submit an email message or letter stating the information desired.  


  • Surfside Beach Police Department inquiries should be sent to  by email or to Capt. Arron Miller, Surfside Beach Police Department, 811 Pine Drive, Surfside Beach, SC 29575 by US Mail. The police department requires a form to be completed for submission, which may be printed from this link: FOIA Inquiry Form Surfside Beach Police Department.  

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 pursuant to FOIA to acknowledge request

  • 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 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
  • Research, retrieving and redacting records shall not exceed the hourly wage of the lowest paid employee on the public body’s staff who has the skill and training 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