Public Records Requests

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The California Public Records Act provides the public with important rights to obtain access to records held by public agencies in the State.  Public records are open to inspection during the office hours of City Hall and every person has a right to inspect public records, except as provided by law.  You have the right to a copy of any identifiable public record.  Copy fees are $0.10 per standard size page.  Oversize documents are available at additional cost.

The City of Lafayette encourages public records requests to be submitted in writing in order to assist staff in responding efficiently to your request.  You may email your public records request to the City Clerk.

There may be occasions when it is impractical to provide immediate copy for review or duplication; therefore, you will be notified of the time delay within ten days.  If, for some reason your public records request cannot be granted, you will be notified within ten days of the receipt of the request.

Please contact the Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder's Office for information on the following public documents:

  • Marriage Licenses
  • Birth and Death Certificates
  • Fictitious Business Names
  • Recorded Documents (Liens, Deeds, Real Property)
  • Passport Applications