There may be certain circumstances under which South Holland District Council is not obliged to release information. The Council may decide to apply exemptions under Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The exemption, if relied upon, will be explained thoroughly in the Council's refusal notice under section 17.

A list of the exemptions to the FOIA can be found on the Information Commissioner's website.

Some exemptions are 'absolute', which means that the exemption applies to any information falling within a defined type. Other exemptions are 'qualified' and require a public interest test to be applied. The council will ensure that the public interest test is carried out for each of the qualified exemptions. If an exemption is applied it will be authorised by a senior officer of South Holland District Council.