Public Record Access Overview
Every person has the right to examine, copy a public record, and to publish or otherwise disseminate the information it contains. Unless the law says otherwise, the right to examine should be without charge if the public record is within the physical possession of the custodian. However, the custodian may set reasonable fees to cover the cost of copying and other associated expenses, not exceeding the custodian’s actual cost incurred. Copy requests can be made in person, by phone, in writing, or by electronic means. All examination and copying are expected to be done under the supervision of the lawful custodian of the records, during normal business hours.
Iowa’s open records law does not require an individual to disclose the purpose for accessing the public records. However, it is recommended to share why you wish to access the records to maintain a good relationship with your government officials.
The custodian can adopt and enforce...