Colorado Open Records Act

The City and County of Denver is committed to making city government open, accountable and accessible to the public. The City’s approach to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) is an important part of its pledge to transparency to build trust with our residents. These guidelines help City agencies and departments provide the public with efficient access to documents and records pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes, C.R.S. §24-72-205(6).


Making a Records Request

Requesters must submit a request to the agency that is the custodian of the record itself. The City does not maintain a central repository for public records or a single office that fulfills requests.

Please visit the City Directory online for a list of department webpages for each City agency to request and obtain records. You will find information on how to make a CORA request on the agencies' Contact page. For further information, contact the agency directly to ask how to submit a CORA request.

PLEASE NOTE: A CORA request received after 3 p.m. or any day that the agency is officially closed will be considered received on the following working day.


CORA Costs

CORA Costs

To pay for the cost of processing a CORA request, the agency may charge for the time spent to research and respond to requests for records under CORA.

  • Staff time may be charged at a rate up to $33 per hour.  
  • There is no charge for the first hour to research and retrieve records.
  • There is an additional charge of $0.25 per page for regular paper copies, or an additional cost for the cost of other paper sizes.

Time and Cost Estimates
Agencies may provide the requester with a time and cost estimate, which may require a pre-payment before processing the request. If you pay for more time than is spent processing your request, you will receive a refund.

Document Format

Documents may be available in their native format if they do not need to be redacted or if they can be readily accessed.

Documents such as databases or spreadsheets that can be sorted or searched will be available in a similar format. The City will not provide documents in a format that requires providing software or that would violate the terms of any agreement or rights held by a third party, such as licensing agreements or copyrights.