Open Records Requests

O.C.G.A. 50-18-71 (a) provides that:  “All public records shall be open for personal inspection and copying, except those which by order of a court of this state or by law are specifically exempted from disclosure.” 

PLEASE NOTE:  Georgia’s Open Meetings and Open Records Laws state that an agency shall not be required to prepare/create reports, summaries or non-existent compilations in response to a records request.  § 50-18-71(j).  

To file an Open Records Request, please e-mail the appropriate department as described below.  If you need further information, please call the number listed for the department who handles the type of records you wish to receive.

  • Animal Services - or call 678-450-1587
  • Board of County Commissioners (includes Administration) - or call 770-535-8288
  • Clerk of Courts (State & Superior Court Cases) - or call 770-531-7025
  • Clerk of Courts Real Estate (includes Deeds, Liens, Plats & UCC) - or call 770-531-7058
  • Court Administration (State & Superior Court Administration items) - or call 770-532-1895
  • Department of Corrections and Maintenance (includes Building Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, and Road Maintenance) - or call 770-718-2370
  • E-911 - or call 770-531-6765
  • Elections – or call 770-531-6945
  • Environmental Health - or call 770-531-3973
  • Financial Services or call 770-535-8270
  • Fire Services/EMA/EMS - or call 770-531-6838
  • Human Resources - or call 770-531-6712
  • Parks & Leisure = or call 770-535-8280
  • Public Works & Utilities (includes Engineering, Construction Management, Solid Waste, Resource and Recovery) - or call 770-531-6800
  • Planning and Development (includes Building Inspections, Marshal’s Office and Business License) - or call 770-531-6809
  • Sheriff - or call 770-531-6885
  • Tax Assessor – or call 770-531-6720
  • Tax Commissioner – or call 770-531-6950

    The costs for research (search, retrieval, copying, and redactions of responsive documents to satisfy requests) are as follows:

    • The first 15 minutes are free.
    • After the first 15 minutes, the cost per hour will be equal to the employee with the lowest hourly rate with the necessary skills and training to respond to the request.
    • .10 per page for letter or legal size documents
    • The County may charge the actual cost of any media items used to complete the request (dvd, cd, thumb drive, etc.)

    For electronic records, the county may charge the actual cost of the media on which the records or data are produced.


    Hall County Open Records Resolution 

    Georgia's Open Meetings and Open Records Law

    Georgia's Open Records Act 2016