Access to information

At the North York Moors National Park Authority we are committed to openness, transparency and accountability. We will do our best to provide information to members of the public on request, where it is held by us and provided that there is no legal or other restriction on disclosing it.

Much of the information we hold is routinely published and is easily accessible, either from this website or by contacting us directly.

Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act requires all public authorities to produce and maintain a Publication Scheme. This is a general guide to what information is available and where to find it. The Publication Scheme is not a definitive list of documents as this is subject to frequent change, but does include:

  • the classes of information that we publish or intend to publish, and where you can find it
  • the manner in which the information is published
  • an indication of charges we may need to make in certain circumstances

Still can’t find the information you want?

As well as information we routinely publish, members of the public have important rights to access information held by public bodies under three main pieces of legislation:

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • The Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • The UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018

If you can’t find the information you want from our Publication Scheme or this website, you may submit a request for the information by contacting us directly via We will be happy to provide the information if we can, unless there is any restriction on doing so in which case we will explain to you why we cannot provide it.  Your request may need to be considered under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Personal Data and our Responsibilities

In the course of our work we may need to hold personal data about individuals – mostly  names and addresses, but sometimes more detailed information.  The Authority ensures this information is handled responsibly in accordance with current data protection legislation, in particular the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. Our staff receive regular training and briefing to ensure they are aware of how to treat personal data with care and respect, and we have an appointed Data Protection Officer, as required by Article 37 of GDPR, to ensure that we comply with legislation.

If you are requesting personal information about yourself, the terms of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 would apply.  Please contact us at

Open data and transparency

Local Government Transparency Code

Our responsibilities under the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 require us to publish details of our spend, procurement, personnel, assets and constitution.

The Code was issued to meet the Government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands, to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

The Code does not replace or supersede the existing legal framework for access to and re-use of public sector information provided by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 and Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community Regulations 2009.

Our open data

Spending data (published monthly)

  • Includes items of expenditure over £250
  • Includes grants paid
  • Includes government procurement card transactions

Data Files for Monthly Expenditure over £250

Data files in csv and pdf format can be accessed by clicking the Monthly Expenditure Files link in the right hand navigation pane.

Personnel data (published annually)

  • Organisational chart for staff earning over £50,000 per annum each year

Procurement data (published quarterly)

  • Invitations to quote or tender for contracts exceeding £5,000
  • Contracts, commissioned activity, purchase order, framework agreement and other legally enforceable agreements valued in excess of £5,000

Useful links and information to download

Publication scheme (pdf)

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