Open Records

Read Our Policy

 
  Open Records Policy 

About Our Process

 
 

Upon submitting a request, you will receive one of the following responses within five business days of the receipt of request:

  • Notice on how and when you may inspect or obtain copies of the requested records;
  • Notice that additional time will be needed for legal review of your request or for the gathering or duplicating of the requested records; or
  • Notice that some or all of the requested records are not subject to production under the Right-to-Know Law.

If you disagree with a determination from an Allegheny County open records office, you may file an appeal with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. Guidelines and forms for appeals may be found at World Wide Web Icon Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Open Records Office.  Decisions of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records may be appealed in court.

Getting Started

 
  The Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law allows the public to inspect and/or obtain copies of Allegheny County's public records. You may file a Right-to-Know request:
  • In person
  • By mail
  • By fax
  • By e-mail
  • By completing the Online or PDF Fill-In Open Records Form.

Start by locating the appropriate Open Records Officer By Office or Department or By Topic below.

Locate Open Records Officer

 
  By Office or Department 
   
911   DHS   Parks Department  
Administrative Services   District Attorney   Police  
Allegheny Green   Economic Development   Police Training Academy  
Area Agency on Aging   Elections   Property Assessment Appeals & Review Board
(Board agendas, meeting minutes, disposition lists, hearing reports, correspondence) 
Authority for Improvements in Municipalities   Emergency Management   Property Assessments
(Other assessment related information)
Behavioral Health   Emergency Medical Services   Public Defender  
Budget & Finance   Emergency Services   Public Works  
Children, Youth & Families   Fire Academy   Purchasing & Supplies  
Civil/Family Division   Fire Marshal   Real Estate  
Communications   Health Department   Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County  
Computer Services   Higher Education and Building Authority   Residential Finance Authority  
Controller’s Office   Hospital Development Authority   Retirement Board  
County Controller   Human Resources   Risk Management/Safety  
County Council   Human Services   Sheriff's Office  
County Executive   Industrial Development Authority   Shuman Juvenile Detention Center  
County Manager   Intellectual Disability   Special Events  
County Parks   Jail   Sustainability  
County Police   Kane Regional Centers   Treasurer’s Office  
County Treasurer   Law Department   Utilities & Energy Management  
Court of Common Pleas
(Financial Records Only)  
Marriage License Bureau   Veterans Services  
Court Records   Medical Examiner   Wills/Orphans' Court Division  
Criminal Division   Minority, Women & Disadvantaged Business Enterprises  

 

  By Topic 
   
911 Call Logs   Court Records   Property Assessment Appeals & Review Board
(Board agendas, meeting minutes, disposition lists, hearing reports, correspondence) 
Audits   Criminal History Records   Property Assessments
(Other assessment related information)
Bid Solicitations   Employee Financial Disclosure Statements   Public Health Information  
Budget Information   Environmental Assessments   Requests for Proposals 
Collective Bargaining Agreements   Marriage Records  Restaurant Inspection Reports 
Contracts (Executed)   Plumbing Inspection Reports   Sewer Inspection Reports 

Fees

 
 

A fee will be charged for all copies requested. Copies will not be provided until you have paid the applicable fees. In a few instances, fees are determined by a statute other than the Right-to-Know Law. In most instances, 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
     
  • Certification of a record:
    • $1 per record
     
  • 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.
  • 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 Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.
 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Open Records Office

 
 

  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Open Records Office 
  openrecords@state.pa.us  

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg PA  17120-0225
Phone: 717-346-9903
Fax:  717-425-5343