You have the right to request access to public documents, records and similar registers. All documents in the municipality are public, unless they are covered by an exemption as authorized by law. Although a document may be exempt from public disclosure, the municipality shall consider whether the document should nevertheless be disclosed in whole or in part (additional access). A document is not only paper-based information, but in principle all information that is stored. You will still only have access to databases if the information can be retrieved in an easy manner.
You may be denied access to internal documents, but as a general rule, you can still obtain access to:
The case list or supporting documents for the municipal council or other elected municipal body
Documents to/from the municipality's control committee, appeals board or municipal audit
Documents to/from departments in the administration who have independent decision-making authority for the case associated with the document
If you require access to case documents, the requirement must apply to a particular case, or to a reasonable extent matters of a particular nature.
The municipality may charge for print-outs, copies and for forwarding when this concerns more than 100 pages in a matter. A charge of NOK 1 may be made for each page over 100 and for the entire forwarding. Special charges apply to high quality copies.