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

  • Written Inquiries for any department should be sent to the public information officer by US Mail: PIO FOIA, 210 US Highway 17 South, Surfside Beach, SC 29575-6097, or dropped off in person at town hall, or emailed to (No form is required, except for Police Department inquiries-see below) Notice: The requestor is responsible for ensuring the request is received by the town. Faxed inquires are not accepted.  
  • Surfside Beach Police Department requires this specific form, please complete SBPD FOIA FORM and submit to
  • Inquires should be specific about information being requested, i.e. subject matter, time frames, particular department or departments, etc.
  • Questions, contact or call 843.913.6359.

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 option for you to be told 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.

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