Public Records Requests
What is a Public Record?
Under F.S. Chapter 119.011(12), “records made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business are considered public”, with a few exceptions. It is the policy of the Town of Palm Beach to fully embrace and comply with the letter and spirit of the Florida Public Records Laws governing the public’s right to access records held by a public agency.
How Do I Obtain Public Records?
In order to expedite your requests, please select the appropriate form below:
Police Department Records:
Requests should be sent directly to the Police Department’s Records Unit. Requestors can electronically submit Police Department requests or call 561-838-5454.
For your convenience, the Town of Palm Beach offers the following options for submitting general and property public records requests:
Search Online Records - Many of our most commonly requested records (such as agendas, minutes, resolutions, and ordinances) are available via our Online Search Tool.
Submit Online Request (NEW!)- This option allows requesters to electronically submit requests, view request statuses as the request is processed and view previously requested records.
Custodian of Public Records: Town Clerk
Mail: 360 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Telephone: (561) 838-5416
Facsimile: (561) 838-5417
In Person: Town Hall, 360 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Property and Development Review Application Records only:
To access the Property Records request form, please click here. Copies of Development Review Applications for meetings held after August 23, 2016 are now are available online. For older applications, please contact the Planning, Zoning, and Building Department’s Records Division at 561-227-6403.
The Town charges for the actual cost of duplication and, if applicable, staff time. All fees related to public records can be found in the Copy & Duplication Services Fee Schedule.
Disclaimer: If requesting to inspect records that are not maintained by the Town Clerk’s Office or require an extensive period of time to collect and/or review for potential exempt information, such records many not be available immediately. In those instances, a cost estimate will be provided and a deposit will be required prior to inspection of the records. For inspections requiring Staff supervision due to the nature of the records requested, Staff time will also be assessed. Requestors are not allowed to mark, damage, destroy, or steal public records. Requestors may feel free to take photographs of the records inspected or inform Staff which records they would like copies of.
You are never required to provide your name or contact information as a condition for receiving public records; however, providing such information does allow us to expedite the process in the event Staff has any questions regarding your request or needs to provide you with any cost estimates (if applicable).