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How do I obtain a copy of an incident/accident report?

You can get copies of Police reports at 3410 Amnicola Hwy (The Police Service Center).  Call...

Who is allowed to look at public records?

The Tennessee Public Records Act provides that any citizen of Tennessee has the right to personally...

Is the Requester obligated to provide identification

Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-503(a)(7)(A) allows a records custodian to require any citizen making a...

What are the permitted per page charges

A governmental entity is allowed to charge: 15 cents ($0.15) per 8 ½ x11 or 8 ½ x14 black and...

What are public records?

Public Records are “all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic...

May a records custodian require a requester to provide identification in order to either inspect

Yes. Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-503(a)(7)(A) allows a records custodian to require any...

Is a records custodian required to immediately produce requested records?

No.If the records are readily available and there is no need to review and redact, then the records...

Who is the designated records custodian for the City of Chattanooga?

The City Attorney's Office is the designated records custodian for the City of...

Is there one specific location for exceptions or exemptions

No. The exceptions are found throughout the Tennessee Code Annotated as well as in common law,...

May a records custodian require a requestor to pay a fee to inspect public records?

Generally, the answer is No; however there are a limited number of exceptions. Tenn. Code Ann....

What are requests to look at or receive copies of public records called in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, a request to inspect or receive copies of public records is called a “public records...

Is a governmental entity required to accept a public records request for copies via email or fax?

The case law in Tennessee only addresses the fact that a governmental entity is required to accept...

May a records custodian require a request for copies of public records to be in writing?

Yes. Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-503(a)(7)(A) states that a “a records custodian may require a...

May a records custodian charge a requester?

Yes.Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-503(a)(7)(C) allows a records custodian to charge a requester the...

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