Forsyth County Response to COVID-19:  Information on County Departmental operations, online services and other resources can be found here: Forsythco.com/COVID-19.

Various Forsyth County Boards and Commissions will be meeting via teleconference, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g).  Please click here for information on how to view, access and participate in these meetings.

 

Open Records Requests

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70, et seq., it is possible for certain public records maintained by the Building and Economic Development Department be made available to the public. The term "public record" shall mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, computer based or generated information, or similar material prepared and maintained or received in the course of the operation of a public office or agency. "Public record" shall also mean such items received or maintained by a private person or entity on behalf of a public office or agency which are not otherwise subject to protection from disclosure. The individual in control of such public record or records shall have a reasonable amount of time to determine whether or not the record or records requested are subject to access under the Open Records Act. In no event shall this time exceed three business days; however, where responsive records exist but are not available within three business days of the request, a written description of such records, together with a timetable for their inspection and copying, shall be provided within that period.

Open Records Requests will be processed by the Building and Economic Development Department in conformance with state law. As such, reasonable charges will be collected for search, retrieval, and other direct administrative costs for complying with a request. Fees will be based upon the following:

  • Research Fees (charged hourly based upon the starting salary of the lowest paid full-time employee who, in the discretion of the custodian of the records, has the necessary skill and training to perform the request; it does not include the first 15 minutes of searching.)
  • Retrieval Fees (based upon the department's fee schedule)
  • Copy Fees (based upon the department's fee schedule)
  • Other Fees (e.g. DVDs, CDs, maps, etc.)
  • Open Records Request Form 

If you wish to submit an Open Records Request relating to information managed by the Building and Economic Development Department, please send an email to bed@forsythco.com