Right to Know Law
What is it?
Established in 2008 the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law allows the public to request copies of public records from Pennsylvania Governmental agencies.
What is a record?
Defined under the RTKL as “any information regardless of its physical form or character that documents a transaction or activity of an agency and is created, received, or retained pursuant to law OR in connection with a transaction, business or activity of an agency.”
“Records” include but are not limited to; building permits, maps and plans, agency decisions, minutes, letters and more.
How do I file a request?
To request a public record simply fill out a Right to Know Request Form and return it the Open Records Officer. Please be as clear as possible and as specific as possible when writing your request. This will allow the ORO to look for exactly what you need. Check out Penn Township’s Right to Know Procedure for more information on filing a request.
What happens next?
The Open Records Officer has five (5) business days to respond to your request. They will approve, deny or invoke a thirty (30) day extension to try to fulfill the request. The requester can appeal denials with the Office of Open Records within fifteen (15) business days of the denial. The appeal must be made in writing and can be submitted by mail, fax, email or in person.
|Caitlin Ianni||Open Records Officer||(610) 869-9620|