Fee Information

Fees for Information Requests and Reviews 

Section 27 of the Act sets out applicable fees and charges that may apply:

Type of request or application


Reduced Fee

Information Request



Internal Review



Review by the Information Commissioner



No fees apply where the request involves access to your personal records.

Search, Retrieval and Copying Costs

Charges may be applied for the time spent finding and retrieving records and for any copying costs incurred in providing you with the material requested. It is very unlikely that any charges will be applied in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.

If the cost of search, retrieval and copying is €100 or less, no charge is applied. If the charge exceeds €100, full fees apply. You cannot be charged more than €500. A deposit may be payable.

If the estimated cost of search, retrieval and copying is estimated at more than €700 the Act stipulates that a request may be refused, unless you refine your request to bring the search, retrieval and copying fees below this limit.

Type of Charge


Search and Retrieval of Records

€20 per hour


4 cent per sheet

CD-ROM containing copy of documents


For your information, please see the Veterinary Council of Ireland's Freedom of Information Model Publication Scheme Document which gives details of the Veterinary Council’s operations, structure and types of records held.

Additional information and assistance is available at http://foi.gov.ie.