Public Records Requests

The Solid Waste Authority of PBC believes that making public records easily accessible is an important part of keeping our operations transparent to the community we serve.

What are public records?


Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes defines 'Public Records' to mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics or the means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency. Chapter 119 provides that public records must be open to inspection by 'any person' with the exception of those designated exemptions detailed in Chapter 119 and other state statutes.
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How can I request a public record?


To request verbally, call 561-640-4000 and ask for Sandra Vassalotti (ext. 4210) or Kathy Levas (ext. 4606) during regular business hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To request in writing, complete the form and email it, fax it (Fax: 561-640-3400) or mail to: 
 
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
Records Custodian
7501 N. Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
 

Are there fees involved in getting records?


Fees for public records are as follows:

Single-sided copies - $0.15 each
Double-sided copies - $0.20 each
True copy certification (under Notary Seal) - $1 per certification
Compact Discs - $1 plus labor
Postage - By weight and delivery type
Special Charge - If a request requires extensive clerical or supervisory assistance or a review by legal staff, then a special labor charge will be imposed.

Payment for public records shall be collected before the materials are released or made available for inspection. You will be notified once estimated costs have been determined.

When will I get the records?


Florida law states that an agency must respond within a “limited reasonable time.” This is the time it takes to review the request, search, retrieve, and process records for release. Some requests may only take a few minutes while others may take weeks. The length of time it takes largely depends on activity, volume, and scope but the Solid Waste Authority is committed to providing requested records as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Where can I find more information about public records?


Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes fully outlines public records laws, including a list of exemptions.