Open Records Office
The Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, is a series of laws designated to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies in Pennsylvania.
Open Records Officer, Primary:
Open Records Officer, Secondary:
Standard Right to Know Request forms should be sent to the attention of the Officer listed above, at the address of the Township Building as stated on this page.
Email Address: email@example.com
Mailing Address: 7607 Chestnut Hill Church Road Coopersburg, PA 18036-3712
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Pennsylvania Office of Open Records:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
333 Market St., 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
Phone: (717) 346-9903
Fax: (717) 425-5343
Filing a Request: Practical Tips
• Make your request specific and concise. Identify as specifically as you can the records you want, so that an agency can quickly locate them and determine whether they are public records. In order to be as specific as possible, it is a good practice to include a date range, a subject matter to provide context, and the scope of the request (e.g. identify a discrete group of records via the type of record or the parties involved).
• Requesters are not required to disclose the purpose of a request or intended use of public records and agencies cannot deny access for failure to provide such information. However, communication with an agency can be key to avoiding denials and unnecessary delays, so it is a good practice to be responsive to agencies when they have questions about your request.
• Be sure to seek records, not ask questions. Although agencies can answer questions, the law does not expressly require them to do so.
• Track all of the dates and deadlines relevant to your request. The deadlines in the RTKL are generally not flexible. If you grant an extension of time to the agency, do it in writing – and do it before the statutory deadline has passed. Otherwise, you may lose the ability to appeal any denial.
• Think twice before requesting a list. If no actual list exists, the agency is not required to create one. So, as an example, instead of requesting a “list of all properties with zoning violations from Jan. 1, 2019, to the present,” you may want to request “Records showing zoning violations issued from Jan. 1, 2019, to the present.” Of course, it’s always valid to add something like, “If this information can be provided in a list, please do.”
Transparency in Coverage Rule
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NOTE: These files will be available after July 1, 2022. This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.