The City of Sacramento understands and supports the public's right to access the public records created and maintained by the City in the course of their normal business. It is the goal of the City to provide service in a transparent manner, which includes timely access to requested records in accordance with the California Public Records Act (PRA), Government Code Sections 6250 to 6270.
The City of Sacramento has a new public records portal that allows you to submit your request, correspond with the Records Unit, and track your requests online.
How Do I Make a Public Records Request?
Public records are open to inspection during regular City office hours, except for City holidays. While there are charges for the duplication of records (photocopies, CDs and DVDs) there is no charge to inspect or view records. Whenever possible the City will provide the records electronically when requested.
Advanced notice is not required to inspect public records; however, the inspection of records is subject to a rule of reason and must be consistent with the efficient functioning of City offices. It is advisable for any person who wishes to inspect public records to contact the City Clerk's Office to make sure that the records are available. An appointment may have to be scheduled if the records are being used by City staff, if the records must be located and reviewed, when the requested records are stored off site or redaction of confidential information is necessary. In order to prevent records from being lost, damaged or destroyed during inspection, City staff may determine the location of, and may monitor the inspection.
Please visit the Open Records Center to make a request.
The City has an Online Records Library where you can instantly access documents such as Ordinances, Resolutions, Staff Reports, and Building Permits.
More Information on Commonly Requested Records
Learn more about commonly requested records such as Building Permit Histories, Building Plans, Fire Incident Reports, Code Violations, and Marriage, Death, and Birth Certificates.
Records Management Policy & Retention Schedule
The Records Management Policy includes the Record Retention Schedule as well as procedures related to City records.
Need Assistance or Have Questions?
We are happy to assist you. Please contact the City's Records Manager, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (916) 808-5002.
More information is also available at Pocket Guide to California Public Request Act by The First Amendment Project