Open Records Requests
Act 3 of 2008, commonly known as the Open Records Law, creates a system for inspecting and/or obtaining copies of the County's public records. The County has adopted its own Open Records Policy to implement this Law. Please refer to this document for a full explanation of the regulations and procedures governing the County’s implementation of the Open Records Law.
Open Records requests may be made to the County’s Open Records Officer in person, by mail, by fax, or by email.
Select from one of the categories below.
- Environmental Reports
- Requests to the County Detectives/ District Attorney
- Criminal Court Records
- Marriage Records and Wills
- All Other Records
Available Right-To-Know Information:
Please note that there may be fees associated with copies of requested records. Copies will not be provided until you have paid the applicable fee. In a few instances (such as a request for a deed), the fees will be determined by a statute other than the Open Records Law. In most instances, however, the County’s fees are:
- Photocopies of standard-sized records (8 ½ x 11 or 8 ½ x 14):
- For one-sided copies, 25 cents per page. For two-sided copies, 25 cents per side.
- Redaction: The County does not charge for time spent redacting, or blacking out, nonpublic information in a public document, but the County will charge for making all copies needed to produce redacted material for viewing by the requester.
- Certification of a record: $1 per record.
- Blueprints, maps and other specialized documents: County cost of reproduction.
- Postage fees: County cost of mailing.
- Electronic data: Rates are set by the County with approval of the State Office of Open Records.
You will receive a response within five business days of the Open Records Officer's receipt of your request. The response:
(a) Will state how and when you may inspect or obtain copies of the records you requested; or
(b) Will inform you, when appropriate, of any additional time that will be needed for legal review of your request or for the gathering or duplicating of the requested records; or
(c) Will inform you, when appropriate, that some or all of the requested records are not subject to production under the Open Records Law.
If you disagree with a determination of the Open Records Officer, you may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. Guidelines and forms for appeals may be found at http://openrecords.pa.gov. Decisions of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records may be appealed to Court.