Public Records

PUBLIC RECORDS

Your Right to Public Information
Everyone has a right to examine and take a copy of any City of Boise public record. All public records are available for inspection except as otherwise expressly provided by statute.

There can be costs associated with gathering and reproducing records. Customers must pay the appropriate cost before the records are distributed. If you have questions concerning the costs involved, please contact the City Clerk's office prior to submitting your request.

All requests to examine or copy public records MUST BE MADE IN WRITING. We will respond to your request within three business days after receiving it in our office or send you notification that it could take up to 10 days for a response. Please sign all forms transmitted by Fax, Regular Mail or in Person.

Note: The City of Boise does not keep records on Marriages, Divorces, Births, Deaths, Land Titles or Deeds, Business Names, or Court Cases. These records are kept with either the Ada County Recorder’s Office or the Bureau of Vital Statistics.


 How to Make a Public Records Request

Requests can be submitted by writing directly to the City Department responsible for the record. If you do not know which department is responsible for the record, submit the request directly to the Office of the City Clerk using the Public Request Form. You may also submit a request by one of the following methods:

  • By Letter: Send a completed and signed Public Records Request Form to: Office of the City Clerk, Attn: Public Records Request, P.O. Box 500, Boise, ID 83701-0500 
  • By Fax: Fax a completed and signed Public Records Request Form to (208) 384-3711.
  • In Person: Drop off a completed and signed Public Records Request Form to the City Clerk's staff at Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
  • Police Department Records Requests: Submit request online. Police Department requests cannot be requested at the City Clerk's Office.

Public Records Definitions

Public Record:
Includes, but is not limited to, any writing containing information relating to the conduct or administration of the public’s business prepared, owned, used or retained by any state agency, independent public body corporate and politic or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics. (Idaho Code 74-101(13))

Writing:
Includes, but is not limited to, handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing and every means of recording, including letters, words, pictures, sounds or symbols or combination thereof, and all papers, maps, magnetic or paper tapes, photographic films and prints, magnetic or punched cards, discs, drums or other documents. (Idaho Code 74-101(16))

Note: If a request is made for an item that is not a "Public Record", the Idaho Public Records Act may not be applicable. The City Clerk's office works to ensure that all requests are screened and only "Public Records" are accessed.

Note: Records released pursuant to this request are not warranted as to completeness or accuracy. The information provided represents the disclosable information pursuant to Idaho Code Title 74, Chapter 1, and Boise City Code 1-6-11. Additional records from other sources may present a more accurate representation of a given situation.