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The Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Regulations 2007

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Obtaining information from a local authority for the purpose of developing BID proposals

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2.—(1) On receiving a request (made in accordance with paragraph (2)) from any person who is developing BID proposals, the local authority must–

(a)prepare a document showing–

(i)(as far as the local authority is able to ascertain from its non domestic rates billing records at that time) the name of each non domestic ratepayer and the address and rateable value of each relevant property which is occupied, or (if unoccupied) owned, by that person in the business improvement district; and

(ii)details of the existing and (so far as may be disclosed) planned services provided by the local authority, together with details of such existing and (so far as may be disclosed) planned services provided by other persons with public functions, as the local authority determines are pertinent to the BID proposals;

(b)supply in data form a copy of the information in the document to the person developing the BID proposals.

(2) A request for information under paragraph (1) shall–

(a)be made in writing to the local authority;

(b)provide a summary of the nature of the BID proposals to be developed;

(c)describe the geographical extent of the business improvement district; and

(d)confirm that the person making the request intends to make use of the information requested only for the purpose of developing the BID proposal described in the request;

(e)be accompanied by the fee (if any) imposed by the local authority under paragraph (4).

(3) No person may–

(a)disclose any information supplied to that person under paragraph (1); or

(b)make use of any such information,

otherwise than for the purpose of developing the BID proposal described in the request.

(4) The local authority may charge a fee in respect of dealing with a request and supplying the information under this regulation payable by the person to whom the information is to be supplied.

(5) The fee charged under paragraph (4) shall not be unreasonable having regard to the costs incurred or likely to be incurred by the local authority in dealing with requests and supplying information under this regulation.

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