How do I make a Public Records request?

All requests for public records should be directed to the City Clerk’s Office. Requests for public records should be in writing and should be as specific as possible. While it is not mandatory to make a formal written request, having a completed Public Records Request Form allows the City Clerk’s Office to respond in a timely manner.

You can submit the form via email, fax, or submit it to City Hall.

Who can initiate a Public Records request?

Anyone may initiate a request for public records.

What type of information can I request?

Public Records requests may be used to obtain “agency records,” which include a wide variety of documents and other materials (including print, photographic, and electronic formats) that were created or obtained by a city agency and are, at the time the request is filed, in the department’s possession and control. The Public Records Act excludes certain categories of records from disclosure, including materials related to internal agency rules, proprietary business information, inter- and intra-agency communications that are protected by legal privileges, and personal privacy.

Some commonly requested items include:

  • Agendas and Reports
  • Ordinances
  • Resolutions
  • Contracts and Agreements

How soon must a city agency respond to my request?

A city agency receiving a request for documents under the Public Records Act has ten days in which to respond to the request.

How much will I be charged for my request?

Fees for copies are ten cents per page, unless the requested document has an established statutory fee.  If the record is available in electronic format and you have requested it be emailed to you, there is no charge.