Open Records/Right-to-Know

Open Records Officer

The Fulton County Commissioners have designated the Chief Clerk as the County's Open Records Officer. The Open Records Officer may be contacted by email at openrecords@co.fulton.pa.us, by telephone at 717-485-3691, or by regular mail at 116 West Market Street, Suite 203, McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Requests for Copies of Records

Requests for copies of records must be in writing and should be made using the County Open Records Request Form. Requests may be typed into this form online by clicking on the link. After the form is filled in, you may either print the form and send it to the county via regular mail, or you may save the completed form to your computer and then attach it to an email that you send to the County Open Records Officer.

Fees

The County's Records Request Fee Schedule and Policy sets forth the charges for both paper and electronic fulfillment of requests for copies of records. In summary, the Records Request Fee Schedule and Policy contains the following sections:

  • Electronic Records and Imaging of Paper Records
  • Charges for Reproduction of Records on Physical Media
  • Summary of Special Records Available and Accompanying Forms
    • Assessment Data
    • Voter Registration/Election Reports
    • Form To Request Voter Registration Records
    • GIS Data Request Form
    • GIS Data License Agreement

Please be sure to review the full Records Request Policy and Fee Schedule by clicking the above link prior to making a request for a copy of a record.

Turnaround of Requests for Copies of Records

The Open Records Officer shall review all written requests for access to public records. Within five business days after receiving a written request to view public records in person or to obtain a copy of a public record, the Open Records Officer shall respond to the request in a manner consistent with Act 3 of 2008, the Pennsylvania Open Records Law. Please view the State Open Records web page to learn about your rights under the State Open Records law.

Viewing Records in Person

Many records, such as deed books, are freely accessible by the public either in County offices or online. However, some older or more sensitive public records are kept in storage that is not accessible to the public. If you would like to view a public record that is not openly available to the public, please contact the Open Records Officer to schedule an appointment during regular business hours. When cooperating with members of the public who request to review/duplicate records in person, County employees will take reasonable measures to protect County documents from disclosure of non-public information and from the possibility of theft and/or modification.

Appeals Process

If a records request is denied or deemed denied, the requestor may file an appeal with the Office of Open Records within 15 business days of the mailing date of the County's denial.