Open Records Policy

Denver City Council’s Request for Open Records Policy
(Updated 06/18/2014)

The policy stated below only applies to City Council records.  For all other requests contact the agency relevant to your request.  

Requests for City Council records should be sent to the Council Executive Director at janna.young@denvergov.org and must include the following:
• Subject matter to be searched in as descriptive terms as possible
• Dates of search
• Types of documents to be searched (email, written documents, reports, etc.)

In order to pay for the cost of professional time utilized for the search and retrieval of records, the Denver City Council charges a rate of $25/hour to respond to requests for records under the Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”). Pursuant to C.R.S. §24-72-205(6), effective July 1, 2014, there is no charge for the first hour of time for research and retrieval of records.  

When City Council receives an open records request, the Council Executive Director estimates the time it will take to compile the records and the associated fee.  S/he then provides that information to the requestor before work is performed to determine if the requestor wishes to move forward with the request understanding the associated cost.  Upon confirmation from the requestor, City Council has 72 hours to respond or to request more time if needed per C.R.S. statute.  

If authorized to move forward with the request, the Executive Director will provide an invoice to the requestor once the search has been completed and the records prepared for delivery.  Payment is required before the records can be released to the requestor.

The Denver City Council also charges for copies per CRS 24-72-205(3) at $0.25/page.  If the information requested is voluminous, information may be transferred to an electronic disk which will be available for $15.00, plus staff preparation time.  As much as possible, the Council will transmit responsive documents via email at no cost. 

For more information about City Council’s open records policy, please call 720.337.2001.


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