Massachusetts FOIA procedures
Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Massachusetts. To read the history and details of Massachusetts’ sunshine laws please see Massachusetts Public Records Act
How to request public records in Massachusetts
Records requests should be directed to the public agency in possession of the desired records. The act does not require agencies to select an official records custodian.
Purpose and use
The act does not require a statement of purpose or place any restrictions on the use of records.
Who may request public records?
- See also: How much do public records cost?
Fees for records include the cost of duplication and fees associated with the cost of search for the records
- See also: Request response times by state
Massachusetts' law allows 10 days for record responses.
State of Massachusetts
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