Requests for Information
Ways to send requests for public information:
Information to be included in your request:
- Requestor's name requestor's address requestor's telephone number date of request date of the incident or document in question for which you seek information The specific name of the business or individual you are seeking information about. If you do not have specific information then explain the facts surrounding your request that will help us to narrow the scope of the search.
- Where you would like your response sent.
We have ten (10) business days in which to respond to your request, pursuant to the Public Information Act, Tex. Gov't Code Chapter 522.
Required Itemized Estimate of Charges:
Pursuant to the Public Information Act, Tex. Gov't Code Chapter 522.2615, if a request for a copy of public information will result in the imposition of a charge that exceeds $40.00, or a request to inspect a paper record will result in the imposition of a charge under 552.271 that exceeds $40.00, the governmental body shall provide the requestor with a written itemized statement that details all estimated charges that will be imposed, including any allowable charges for labor or personnel costs. If an alternative less costly method of viewing the records is available, the statement must include a notice that the requestor may contact the governmental body regarding the alternative method.
The basic charge for copies of public information is currently $.10 per page and $1.00 per CD, which are the two most commonly formats of requested information. Voluminous requests may also result in personnel costs, currently a flat rate of $15.00 per hour, and overhead, charged at 20% of the total personnel costs for the request. The Office of the Attorney General has published a handbook interpreting the Texas Public Information Act. This handbook may be accessed on-line at: www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/go/go055100toc.html