Chapter 14: Public Records

Oregon law protects the public’s right to information regarding the business of public bodies such as cities.  Under these laws, the records of a public body’s business are available for review by any person regardless of the person’s identity, motive, or need.  All public records are subject to disclosure unless an exemption to disclosure under the Oregon Public Records Law applies. 

This chapter of the handbook provides an overview of Oregon Public Records Law, public records management, public records requests, and sample forms. 

Topics Include:

  • The Basics
  • Records Management - Storage, Retention and Disposition
  • Inspection and Public Records Requests
  • Exemptions from Disclosure
  • Appeals
  • Office of the Public Records Advocate
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Appendices - Sample Forms
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