Public Records Request

The City of Poway understands and supports the public’s right to access public records created and maintained by the city in the course of their normal business. It is the goal of the city to provide service in a transparent manner, which includes timely access to requested records in accordance with the California Public Records Act (PRA), Government Code Sections 6250 to 6270.

California Public Records Act
The PRA was enacted to guarantee the access of information concerning the conduct of the people’s business, a fundamental right of every person in this state, mindful of the right to privacy of persons who are the subject of Government records. The public can inspect any record except those exempted from disclosure under the Act.

The Act provides individuals with the right to inspect and obtain copies of public records maintained by local agencies. The Act states that upon a request for a copy of records the city shall have 10 days from receipt of that request to determine whether the request, in whole or in part, seeks copies of disclosed public records in the possession of the agency and shall promptly notify the person making the request of the determination.

The Act requires that the city make reasonable efforts to produce records as promptly as possible.

Submitting A Request
Submitting a complete request aids in producing the documents in a timely fashion, please be as specific as possible by providing as much information as you have available to establish what records are being requested. Please provide things such as names, address, APN, time frame, and what kind of document (e.g. if only looking for the agreement state that on the request).

If a request to inspect records includes numerous files and/or documents, or requires the coordination by more than 1 city department, the city may set a date and time when the records will be made available for inspection. Per California Government Code Section 6250, et seq. Public Records Act, please allow staff 10 days to respond to your request whether records have been identified.

Please provide your contact information, including name, address, phone and email so we can contact you when records are available or if we have questions to clarify your request.

Ways to Request Information
Requests for information and records can be made in the following ways:
  • By using the online Public Records Request form.
  • By completing the Public Records Request form in person at the City Clerk’s Office located in City Hall at 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
  • By submitting the Public Records Request form available on the City website and faxing the request to 858-668-1206
  • By mailing your request via US Mail to the City of Poway, City Clerk’s Office, PO Box 789, Poway, CA 92074
  • By telephone: Simply request the information from the City Clerk’s Office staff directly