Open Records Request
How do I obtain public records?
Thank you for your interest in the City of Gainesville. The Georgia Open Records Act establishes the right to inspect and/or receive public records, excluding those records that are specifically exempted by court order or law. To inspect and/or receive records, please complete the online form below to submit an open records request. Please be as specific as possible.
After receiving your request, the City of Gainesville will notify you within three (3) business days if there are records responsive to your request and if the records requested are subject to release (O.C.G.A.§ 50-18-71). The response will be provided in written format and will be sent via email when possible.
Responses shall include the cost to search, retrieve, copy, redact, and/or supervise inspection of the requested document(s). The cost represents the hourly rate of the lowest paid full-time employee who, in the opinion of the City, has the necessary skill and training to respond to your request. There is no charge for the first 15 minutes. The fee for letter or legal size copies is $0.10 per page. Other types of documents or electronic media are charged based upon the City’s expense to reproduce the record. Where fees for certain records are otherwise prescribed by law, such specific fee shall apply. Payment is required upon receipt of the records.
Some records are not readily accessible. In these instances, a timeline will be provided as to when the records will be available.
Upon submission of your request, a confirmation receipt will be sent to the email address provided in the request. If you do not receive a confirmation, please resubmit your request or contact us.
Should you have further questions please contact Terri Kapetanis, Records Specialist, via email at email@example.com by telephone at 770-535-6864.