Arizona’s Public Records Law
Arizona law requires all officers and public bodies to maintain records reasonably necessary to provide an accurate accounting of their official activities and of any government funded activities.
Records are defined as books, papers, maps, photographs, or other documentary materials regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by an governmental agency in pursuance of law or in connection with the transaction of public business and preserved by the agency or its legitimate successor as evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of government. Examples of public records and other matters include calendars, reports, legal memoranda, policies and procedures, accident reports, training videos and materials, tape recordings of meetings where there are no written minutes, personnel records, case files, and data bases.
- Ombudsman Public Records Booklet
- Arizona Agency Handbook – Chapter 6 (Index of Records Confidential by Statute is Located in Appendix 6.1 and 6.2, p. 16)
- Attorney General Opinions: 1999 to present
- Attorney General Opinions prior to 1999
- Opinion No: I13-012 (R13-018), Re: Charging Copying Fees Under Arizona’s Public Records Law
- Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records – Retention Schedules
- The Public Record – March 2016 Newsletter
- Frequently Asked Questions – General
- Frequently Asked Questions for Journalists
- Best Practices for Custodians of Public Records