Public Records Definition

North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 132-1(a) defines public record(s) as “all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions. Agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions shall mean and include every public office, public officer or official state or local, elected or appointed) institution, board commission, bureau, council, department, authority or other unit of government of the state or of any country, unit special district, or other political subdivision of government.”

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1. Public Records Definition
2. What records are exempt from the Public Records Law?
3. May I request to inspect a record rather than get a copy?
4. What information should I provide to help the City fulfill my request?
5. How much does it cost to obtain public records?
6. How long should I expect to wait to have my request fulfilled?