What is a public record?

All books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, discs, diskettes, recordings, software or other documentation regardless of physical form or characteristics, which are prepared, owned, used, in the possession of or retained by a public agency. Under the Open Records Act (KRS 61.878(1), certain records may be withheld. Public records not subject to one of the exemptions are referred to as “open records.” For more information regarding exemptions, visit our open records page.

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1. What is a public record?
2. How do I request a public record?
3. Will I be charged a fee?
4. Do I need to complete an open records request to view a map showing sanitary and/or storm water assets? ?
5. Do I have to complete an open records request to view billing records regarding my sanitary and/or storm accounts?
6. The open records request form asks if the purpose of the request is commercial or non-commercial. What does this mean?
7. How do I pay the fee?
8. What is the time frame for a response to my open records request?
9. What if I want to come in and inspect records?
10. What if I fail to inspect requested open records?
11. What if my request is denied?