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FOI & Data Protection

Freedom of Information (FOI) and how it can help you

Data Protection (GDPR)

How to make an FOI request

Our response to your FOI request

What you can do if you are not satisfied with the response

Public information resources

Contact us


Freedom of Information (FOI) and how it can help you

The Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 gives you the right, from 1 September 2015, to obtain information held by a Parish. All you have to do is ask for the information you want.

Access to information can:

  • help you participate even more in decision-making and activities that affect you and your family

  • demonstrate how parish services are efficient, delivered with integrity and increasingly designed around you.

Data Protection (GDPR)

Jersey's data protection regime is governed by two laws:

The Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 sets out the rights of individuals in respect of their personal data as well as the obligations and conditions organisations must follow to process it.

The Data Protection Authority (Jersey) Law 2018 outlines the requirements for organisations to register with the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner. It gives the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner the power to sanction or fine organisations for misusing data or failing to keep it secure.

The Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 provides individuals with rights over their personal data. More specifically, the Law provides you with a right to access personal data which is processed about them by a controller, such as a Parish. You only have a right to request personal data about yourself, or about someone you have a right to ask about, such as a child you have parental responsibility for.

If the information you're requesting is not about yourself or someone you have a right to make a request on behalf of, your request may be refused.

Use the links to make a Subject Access Request for driving licence, electoral or rates information. To make a Subject Access Request for other information, please contact the relevant Parish and provide as part of your request:

  • your full name
  • a contact address (such as an email address or a postal address, preferably both)
  • a clear description of the information you want to receive, including if possible the time periods covered

You do not have to tell us why you want the information although you will be asked to provide proof of your identity before the information is sourced, and before it is released.

How to make an FOI request


Is the information already available?  

We already publish much information so you may find the answer to your question is already available, either online or at the Parish offices. We are fully committed to complying with the letter and spirit of the FOI law and we'll point you in the direction of where the information you need can be found.

​Information included in the disclosure log of responses to FOI requests may be treated as exempt under Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.

Roads, traffic, speed limits and driving licences

Chasse Brunet St Saviour

St Clement - Rue des Nouettes

St Saviour speed limits signs

St Saviour renewal of provisional licences

Green Lanes and speed limit checks St Martin and St Helier SID data

St Ouen speeding records

Parish roads - signposts and green lanes

Driving licence statistics 2020

Rue des Pres St Saviour speed checks

Speed signs South Hill St Helier

St Clement - La Blinerie speed check

Driving licence application forms

St Clement SID (speed indication device) information

Tunnell Street report.

Tunnell Street St Helier

CCTV and ANPR cameras

St Saviour schools speed limits

Speed limit and traffic flow on a St Saviour byroad

Driving licence statistics 2017 and 2007

Roads and parking

Hideout Cafe St Brelade (rent and legal costs)

La Pulente Hideout Cafe St Brelade

Rue Hilgrove Grouville

St Marks road RPZ infractions

POSH residents parking zones

La Grande Piece and Ville du Bocage parking infractions 2019

Havre des Pas Improvement Group minutes

Footpath at La Grande Piece St Peter

Le Port, St Peter - complaints re motorhomes/campervans

Le Port, St Peter - formal complaints

Breque du Nord Trinity.pdf

Havre des Pas Village Improvement Scheme comments Havre des Pas questionnaire responses

Havre des Pas masterplan

St Helier - harbour parking fines

Hamptonne St Lawrence parking offences December 2017

St Ouen roads expenditure to April 2017

Blue badges issued 2015 - 2016

St Helier - Residents parking zones St Thomas, Cheapside, Richmond Road

St Helier - St Marks Residents Parking Zone

Disabled parking badges

Mont Chenaie St Lawrence parking fines and complaints

Honorary Police

St John Honorary Police (May 2021)

Honorary Police major island duties in 2018

St John Honorary Police (August 2019)

Honorary Police payments since 2015 (includes payments to Connetables)

Honorary Police numbers and payments 2011 to 2015

Parish Hall Enquiry statistics for 2016 and 2017 (available on

Honorary Police - major island duties in 2016


St John waste collection

Kerbside recycling all parishes

St Helier recycling scheme

Grouville stream clearance

Grouville refuse contract

St Saviour glass collection

St Saviour kerbside glass collection

St Helier gully cleaning programme

St John refuse and kerbside recycling

Parish of St Helier recycling

​Roads Committee / Visites du Branchage

Roads Committee minute publication - update

St Martin visite du branchage 2017 and 2018

Branchage penalties St Peter 2017

Branchage appeal process

Road Committee minutes - publication

​Ecclesiastical / Church

Rectory costs all parishes

Tresor expenditure.pdf

Rectory garden costs (all parishes)

Rectory costs (all parishes)

St Peter Rectory contract

St Peter Rectory refurbishment costs

St Peter Rectory refurbishment

The Dean and Deanery expenditure

St Lawrence Church building contract and contract

St Lawrence Church legal advice and Internal Review response

St Lawrence Church meeting - Parish Assembly minutes


Property and property rates

Trinity - Parish property owned or leased 

Land gifts to parishes (re-issue)

Countryside strategy 2016

St Helier rates methodology

Clos du Pauvres all parishes (re-issue)

Westmount substation

St Peter land owner details (information exempt; accessible by other means)

St Ouen property rates (information exempt; accessible by other means)

Covenant on People's Park

Owner of a St Helier property (information exempt; accessible by other means)


Dog licence numbers

Dog licences 2016

Dog licences for last 5 years

Dog licences and breeds

Dog licences 2012 to 2015

Dog numbers and breeds

St Lawrence dog licences

Public elections

2018 election nomination form errors

2018 general election information by parish

2018 elections and voters

Connetables nominations 2014 elections

Parish of St Helier electoral register administration

St John insurance claim

St John insurance claim correspondence to 1.10.2020

St John insurance claim correspondence

Email correspondence St John and Trinity

St John insurance claim

St John FOI requests on insurance documents and insurance-legal advice and Internal Review response

St John legal and insurance advice

Parish of St John insurance policies Insurance Schedules and policy documents Parish of St John FOI

Expenditure and rates income

Connetables payments 2019-2021 (see 'Honorary Police' section for payments since 2015)

St Helier - Law at Work expenditure

St Brelade - Hideout Cafe La Pulente legal costs.pdf (see 'Roads and Parking' section for a related FOI request) 

George Carteret statue - Government and Ports of Jersey expenditure

DPO appointment process

Havre des Pas seaside festival 2018

Parish of St Helier al fresco income since 2013

St Helier CEO remuneration package

St Helier expenditure of £640,000 received from States

St John parish accounts

Maison St Brelade financial information

St Helier costs re Bellozanne waste covenant

St Ouen parish rates income and expenditure

Miss St Brelade compere remuneration

Parish of St Ouen wall repair costs


Parish assisted funerals

Parishes gifts hospitality registers

Requete in last 10 years

St Helier Shadow Conseil Municipal minutes

Eastern ARC

Arrangement of burials and funeral costs

POSH Conseil municipale working group

St Helier legal cover insurance

St Helier Council

Seaweed schedule and strategy Grouville Bay

Peoples Park hire 2014-2017

Peoples Park charge for 2016 Portuguese Food Festival

St Helier Sunday trading permit

St Helier clothing businesses

Polish cultural centre in St Helier

Parish of St Helier seaside festival

Exam statistics

Making an FOI request

You must make your FOI request in writing and provide:

  • Your full name
  • A contact address (such as an email address or a postal address)
  • A clear description of the information you want to receive.

You don't have to tell us why you want the information.

Tips when making an FOI request:

  • Be specific – this will help us identify the information you want and reduce the chance of your request being misinterpreted
  • State the precise time period for the information your require – if your request covers a broad time period it may be refused as it could take us too much time to respond
  • Keep your request clear and objective – try to ask only one question rather than several
  • If you need help to write your FOI request then please ask. Visit the Parish Hall for assistance, or ask a friend, relative, someone from your community or the Citizens Advice Bureau. Or contact us and tell us your request – we will write down your request and return this to you for confirmation before we answer it.

How your FOI request will be handled

It may not be obvious to a member of the public which parish(es) or bodies will hold the information which is sought. The parishes are therefore taking a pragmatic approach to the implementation of the FOI law and have set up the Parish FOI unit (PFOI). All FOI requests to the parishes will be handled by PFOI.

What you can ask for

FOI is about providing access to information. Your FOI request can be about any aspect of the parishes in Jersey and our work.

If the information you request refers to another person, the FOI law will only release the information if it complies with the principles of data protection. Data Protection legislation protects personal data and we are committed to making sure personal data is protected. If releasing the information means we would be breaking the data protection law, we must refuse your request.

If you want to access information we hold about you, you must make a 'Subject Access Request' under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005 (personal information about yourself is exempt under FOI). If you do try to request information about yourself in an FOI request, this will need to be dealt with under the Data Protection Law and the parish you believe holds information about you will respond to you directly.

The Data Protection Law gives you the legal right to access information held about you (by making a Subject Access Request) and, in some cases, to prevent your personal information being seen, used or processed by other people. Any information we hold about you as an individual is protected under Data Protection legislation.

For further information and guidance about data protection, visit the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner website .

Will I have to pay to make an FOI request?

You don't need to pay to make an FOI request.

However, the FOI law recognises that there has to be a limit on the amount of time and staff resources we can spend answering an FOI request - this is called the cost limit and it is 5 hours. If we think it will take fewer than 5 hours, your request will be answered free of charge.

If we estimate that your request will take longer than 5 hours, we can refuse your request under the FOI law. However, we may contact you to help you refine your information request so that it will take us less than 5 hours to answer.


Our response to your FOI request


When will the Parishes provide the information?

If the information you request is 'held' by us and its release is not exempt under the law, we will give you the information.

You will receive a response within 20 working days. If you have not received a response within 20 working days, contact us and let us know.

If, in exceptional circumstances, we need to extend the 20 working day response time we will contact you and let you know the reason.

What information is 'held'

Information considered 'held' by us for the purposes of FOI includes:

  • information kept in local archives, record offices or contracted storage
  • where we are responsible for the information or the environment (physical or digital) in which it is stored or accessed
  • business-related information held on a personal device not owned by us e.g. a personal iPad or smartphone.

Information is not held for the purposes of FOI law if it is solely held by a parish on behalf of another person. Information may not be considered 'held' if:

  • we have no access to, use for or interest in the information
  • access to the information is controlled by someone else outside of the parish
  • we only provide storage facilities (physical or electronic)
  • we had no role in creating, recording, filing or removing the information.

Our record keeping

Information is not kept forever because it would be too costly to store and maintain.
The Parishes maintain a list of the information they need to keep for business purposes and how long it must be kept for. This list is maintained in line with legislation and standards that relate to information, for example keeping financial records for audit purposes.
Some public information is passed to the Jersey Archive for safe-keeping or preservation.

What format will the information be in?

We aim to give you the information in a format that will allow you to access it easily. We cannot create bespoke documents or provide the information in less common file types.

Exemptions to providing information

Your Freedom of Information (FOI) request may be refused if the information you asked for falls under an FOI exemption.
Any request for information that falls under an absolute exemption will not be released (except in situations where, for example, a link to online information already in the public domain may be provided).

Absolute exemptions are:

  • court information
  • information that may endanger national security or it is, or relates to, information received from intelligence organisations
  • personal information
  • States Assembly Privileges
  • information already available and accessible to you somewhere else (we will try to tell you where)
  • confidential information
  • where legal prohibitions or restrictions would prevent the disclosure of information.

Information that falls under a qualified exemption may also be withheld if we consider that the public interest in withholding is greater than the public interest in releasing it – this is called the public interest test.
The public interest test favours releasing information where a qualified exemption applies, even if releasing the information may cause embarrassment or might cause a loss of public trust. Qualified exemptions are:

  • anything that may endanger the health and safety of individuals
  • legal professional privilege (as this protects confidential information between lawyers and their clients)
  • commercial interests
  • the economy
  • policy formulation and development
  • audit functions
  • employment
  • defence
  • law enforcement
  • international relations
  • information intended for future publication (as long as the decision to publish is made before the FOI request is received)
  • advice from the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff or a Law Officer
  • royal family communications and honours-related information


Vexatious requests

These are requests meant to purposely cause annoyance, disruption or the wasting of parish resources. We can refuse to handle vexatious requests.


What you can do if you are not satisfied with the response

Internal review

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you may ask for an internal review. The process is set out in the FOI parishes internal review 2019 April.pdf       


If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner  for a decision.


Public information resources

Information already available to you

Before making an information request under Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, you should check what information is already available to you.   
If the information you request under FOI is already published, your request may be refused.

Find Parish information already online

Find what you're looking for on the Parish website.

FOI for the States of Jersey

If you want information about Jersey's government you will need to make an FOI request to a States department; find out more on the States website.


Contact us:


Mail to:             Parish FOI, East Wing, RJA&HS, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5JP