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Public Records Requests (Policy DO_100_03)

Submit a Public Records Request


    Oregon’s public records law makes all agency records available for public review, except records that are exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.410 – 192.505. Public records, except those exempt from disclosure, are to be made available at cost to the public body upon request, subject to the procedural guidelines below.


    The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all requests for public records are handled in a manner that is consistent with and complies with the public records law, while minimizing the impact on agency workload and fiscal integrity.


    The definition of “public record” is extremely broad. Questions about whether an item qualifies as a public record should be addressed by referring to the public records law or consulting with agency legal counsel. The agency defines “at cost” as the actual cost of materials, staff time, and any travel or other expenses incurred in preparing and providing the records.


    Public records, except those exempt from disclosure (as defined in ORS Chapter 192), shall be made available upon request for review, and copies shall be provided at a fee reasonably calculated to reimburse the agency for the actual costs incurred in making the records available. Activities to be reimbursed on an at-cost basis include locating, compiling, summarizing, printing, copying and distributing the information, and taking any other steps reasonably required to make the information available.

    The following procedure will be followed in implementing this policy:

    • A person or organization may request to inspect or receive copies of a public record or information from public records in person at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, or by mail to Office of the Director, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, fax at 503-947-6042 or e-mail to Requests for Vessel Records Release Request, Crab Permit Records Release and Individual Records Release must follow the process as listed at
    • The request must include the name and address of the person requesting the public record; the telephone number or other contact information for the person requesting the public record; and  identify as specifically as possible the type of record(s), subject matter, approximate date(s), names of persons involved and the number of copies requested. Requests made in writing must include the name, address and telephone number of the person requesting the public record(s). Requesters are not required, but are encouraged, to indicate the format in which any copies are desired and the date, if any, by which the records are needed. 

    • For large requests, ODFW shall respond to the requestor with an estimate of expected charges no later than 10 working days after receiving the request. ODFW’s response will contain an acknowledgment of the request, a list of the fees charged to provide records, an estimate of the expected cost of meeting the request, and the expected date and location at which the information will be provided after payment is received.

    • Information involving a minor will be released only after the department has received written authorization from the minor’s legal parent or guardian, and in keeping with ORS Chapter 192.

    • Information involving employee personnel files will be handled by the Human Resources Division under the process provided by HR Policy 450_18.

    • Original materials may be inspected on-site only and may not be removed from ODFW property.

    • ODFW reserves the right to provide information in a different format than requested (e.g., in print instead of electronically) if the burden of meeting the requested format is impractical. ODFW also reserves the right to provide the information after the desired date if the burden of meeting the requested date is impractical.

    • The person or organization requesting the information must provide payment prior to preparation by ODFW staff of the requested information.

    • Once payment has been received, ODFW staff will begin preparing the requested information. The timeline for provision of the information will begin upon receipt of payment.

    ODFW will forward copies of all requests to the agency’s legal counsel for tracking purposes.


    The following fees apply per each public information request. The fees listed below represent the most frequently requested formats in which information is requested. Fees for information requested in formats other than those listed below will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All charges are payable in advance of the materials being provided.

      • No charge to provide an estimate of costs

      • No charge for the first 30 minutes of staff time to provide the information requested

      • $28.00 per hour for staff time after the first 30 minutes (billed in increments of $7.00 per every 15 minutes or fraction thereof – a prorated fee is not available for less than a quarter-hour.)

      • Actual attorney fees charged to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the cost of time spent by an attorney in reviewing the public records, redacting material from the public records or segregating the public records into exempt and nonexempt records

      • No charge for the first 10 printed or photocopied pages

      • $0.25 per single-sided printed or photocopied page after the first 10 single-sided pages

      • $0.50 per two-sided printed or photocopied page after the first five two-sided pages

      • $0.30 for the each faxed page, limited to a 20 page maximum, not including the cover page

      • $5.00 per CD. Due to the threat of computer viruses, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will not permit requestors to provide disks for electronic reproduction of computer records

      • $25.00 per name and address list request plus the per-page fees listed above, if printed; or plus the cost of the CD listed above, if provided on a CD; or plus the cost of other media (e.g., magnetic tapes, labels, etc.); plus $0.01 per name for every name in addition to the first 2,000 provided

      • Actual material costs for producing information on audio tapes, video tapes, microfilm, magnetic tape, CDs or other media

      • Actual costs of mailing and/or shipping the materials

      • $10.00 for each notarized signature or certified copy signature requested


      ODFW may furnish copies of public information without charge or at a substantially reduced fee if the department determines the waiver or reduction of fees is in the public interest because making the record available primarily benefits the general public, per ORS 192.440(4). All waivers must be approved in advance by division administrators or region managers. No exceptions to the fee structure will be made for personnel-related information.

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