Utah 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 Utah. To read the history and details of Utah’s sunshine laws please see Utah Government Records Access and Management Act
How to request public records in Utah
Agencies have the option of designating individuals as official records custodians, but are not required to by law. Records requests should be directed to these official custodians or at the very least, the department in possession of the records.
Purpose and use
Utah does not require a statement of purpose and does not place any restrictions on the use of records once they have been received.
Who may request public records?
Everyone has the right to inspect public records free of charge or receive a copy of public records during business hours.
- See also: How much do public records cost?
GRAMA allows for the charging of fees based on the discretion of the department from which the record is requested. Fees can incorporate staff time for research and collection as well as the cost of publication of the records. The laws mandates that the departments may not charge more than the hourly salery of the lowest paid staff person able to perform the request and cannot charge individuals for the first 15 minutes of work.
- See also: Request response times by state
The Utah GRAMA code requires that public records responses be made within at least 10 business days if the records are for individuals purposes or within 5 business if the record is meant to benefit the general public (pursuant to 63G-2-204).
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