The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is legislated under the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act), which promotes accountability to the public and protection of personal privacy by:
The Act applies to all records in the custody or under the control of the RDCK, including a record that contains your own personal information.
A record is defined in the Act as “books, documents, maps, drawings, photographs, letters, vouchers, papers and any other thing on which information is recorded or stored by graphic, electronic, mechanical or other means, but does not include a computer program or any other mechanism that produces records.”
Start by making an informal request by contacting the department you think might have the information you are looking for.
If the information you are requesting is not available through routine channels, you may make an FOI request for records under the Act. To obtain access to a record you must make your request in writing. You may use our FOI Request Form, although it is not required.
Written requests can be made in the following manner:
By email: email@example.com
By standard mail: Box 590, 202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC V1L 5R4
By fax: (250) 352-9300
In person: 202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC V1L 5R4
Most records found within a building permit can be obtained through routine channels. Click here for information on how to request documentation related to building permits.
Click here for the fillable FOI request form.
Under section 75 of the Act, the RDCK may require you to pay a fee. A fee estimate will be sent to you before processing your formal request.
The RDCK will not charge fees for:
In accordance with the RDCK Freedom of Information Bylaw No. 2525, 2016 the maximum fees are:
It is important to keep the scope of your request as specific as possible to avoid incurring a fee and to ensure you receive records relevant to your request. Include specific date ranges, departments, document types, etc to narrow down the scope of your request.
When you make an informal request, the department you approach will respond to you as quickly as possible.
The Act requires the RDCK to respond to your formal request for information within 30 business days of receiving it. A time extension may be required if the scope of the request is broad and/or complicated.
The Act allows the RDCK to withhold information if the release would be an unreasonable invasion of privacy, or cause harm by one of the means listed in the Act, such as harming a law enforcement investigation or threatening anyone's health and safety.
Click here for a list of exemptions and exceptions to the Act.
If the RDCK denies access to any part of a record, you have the right to ask for a review by the British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner, an officer of the legislature who is independent of the government.
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
P.O. Box 9038, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9A4
Tel. (250) 387-5629
Fax (250) 387-1696
The Act protects personal privacy by restricting the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.
The RDCK only collects personal information when we have the clear authority to do so, or when the collection is necessary and directly related to the operation of a program or service. When we collect personal information, it must be done directly from the individual, unless we have the legal authority to collect the information from another source.
The personal information must only be used for the purpose it was collected or for a use consistent with the reason it was collected. The RDCK may also use or disclose personal information in other ways but only if we have the legal authority to do so.
The RDCK may make an exception to this rule when we deem that releasing your personal information would not be an unreasonable invasion of your privacy. For example, we often release your name and electoral area if you send a letter to the Board of Directors or staff within the organization.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your personal information for Freedom of Information requests, please contact the Privacy Officer:
202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC, V1L 5R4
The content on this page was last updated October 10 2023 at 9:23 AM