Public Record Request

The City of Columbia provides our citizens a convenient method to submit records requests, track the request, and receive the requested records (when available electronically) through our Public Records Web Portal. 

After you submit your records request, you will receive an email confirming your request has been received.  On the next business day, you will receive an acknowledgement email from the records custodian assigned to provide records responsive to your request. While the request is processed, additional communications will take place and at each step you will receive a notification and can track and receive your records via the portal.

It is the City of Columbia’s policy to collect costs, as allowed by law, when fulfilling public records requests. Should there be a cost to fulfill your records request, you will be notified and provided instructions on how to make the payment.

While the Public Records Portal is the most efficient and preferred method to submit a public records request, you may always submit a request via mail, email, phone or by visiting the department(s) in person to make your request. 

If at anytime you have a question on how to submit a public records request, please reach out to Community Relations at (573) 874-2489.

City of Columbia Records Custodians (Jan. 5, 2021)opens PDF file

Missouri Sunshine Law – Chapter 610 RsMO

City of Columbia – Code of Ordinances – Chapter 2 Section 2-24.1 – Transparency Policy