Public Records Requests
In accordance with the Arizona Public Records Law A.R.S. § 39-121,
the City of Mesa makes public records available upon request to residents
and members of the media.
How do I request a public record?
Please use the below drop down to select the topic of your
records request. The drop down menu will take you to the
appropriate form/email address to make your request. If the topic
does not require an official records request, it will take you to the
appropriate Web page with the information you are seeking.
What is the purpose of a Public Records Request Form?
A Public Records Request Form aids both the employee and the
requestor by clarifying precisely what information is being requested,
as well as documenting what the requestor inspected or received from
the City in return.
Are all records public records?
Although most information the City of Mesa houses is public and
therefore subject to disclosure, some information is considered
to be confidential. As custodians of confidential information,
Mesa is obligated to protect such things as:
- Social security numbers
- Dates of birth
- The identity of undercover police officers
- Medical records
Additional information may be considered confidential and
protected from disclosure depending upon the specific
information requested and the circumstances surrounding the
How long will it take to receive a response?
As a rule, the City of Mesa responds to all requests for
information as quickly as possible. However, it may not always
be possible to fill requests for public records right away
because records need to be reviewed first to see if they contain
Despite this, the City of Mesa strives to respond to public
records requests within 10 working days. However, if the request
is very large in scope, spans multiple departments or requires
additional preparation or review, it may require more time to
process. If so, you will be notified.
Are public records free?
There is no charge to review public records at the municipal
facility where they are stored. However, there is a fee for
photocopies, audio tapes, video cassette tapes and other items.
Citywide Standard Fees & Charges.
Payment is due when the items are received.
Who can I call if I have questions or need additional
For more information regarding public records requests, please