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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Open Records Office. Decisions of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records may be appealed in court.
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:
- 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.