Public Records Request
The California Legislature has declared that access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in California, as set forth in Article 1, Section 3 of the California Constitution and the California Public Records Act (Gov’t. Code § 6250 et seq.).
The Public Records Act broadly defines ’public records’ to include written and recorded records, unless the Public Records Act or other law exempts the records from disclosure. Pursuant to Government Code section 6252(e), public records “includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form of characteristics.” Printed and photocopied documents, internal and external correspondence, handwritten notes, computer data, electronic files, and audio and video recordings are all public records subject to disclosure unless they fall within an exemption. The Public Records Act provides for public access to records the County of Fresno generates, as well as records created by others that the County of Fresno has in its possession.
The Public Records Act provides disclosure of existing identifiable records. The County of Fresno is not required to prepare new records in response to a request, or to compile, synthesize, summarize, or index information or records in a form that does not exist at the time of the request.
Please use the below links to make a Public Records Request of the County of Fresno.
For County public records requests, please visit FresnoCountyCA.NextRequest.com.
For Sheriff's Office public records requests, please visit: FresnoSheriff.NextRequest.com.