Submit a Public Records Act Request

A “public record” includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained in any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics.

A "writing" includes any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, photocopying, transmitting by electronic mail or facsimile, and every other means of recording upon any tangible thing any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds or symbols, or combinations thereof, and any record thereby created, regardless of the manner in which the record has been stored.​

Anyone may initiate a request for public records.

In most cases, the County will determine whether it is in possession of disclosable public records and notify you within 10 days.

The County may require a 14-day ​extension of time to determine whether to comply with your request if there is a need to:

  • Search for and collect the requested records from field facilities;
  • Search for and examine a voluminous number of records;
  • Consult with other agencies or county departments with a substantial interest in the determination of the request;
  • Environmental Management documents may contain exempt or restricted information designed to protect the public that must be redacted before release. 

For complex requests which require any of the above, a good faith estimate will be provided. In all cases EMD's goal will be to provide documents expeditiously and without delay.

Paper copies are generally $ .25 per page. Emailed records are free of charge. There is no fee to inspect records.