Restricted access period (RAP)

Glossary topic: 

A period of time set by the CEO of a public authority or their authorised delegate during which a public record in the custody of QSA may not be accessed except by application under the Right to Information Act 2009 or with specific authorisation from the responsible public authority.

When records are under a RAP, they are referred to as ‘closed’–that is, closed to public access for the duration of the RAP. Records not subject to a RAP are referred to as ‘open’ to public access.

See our advice on restricting access to records.

See also Authorised delegate, Access, Access restrictions and permissions, Public access