PA Open Records Law

The Open Records Law allows the public to inspect and/or obtain copies of public records. Chester County, PA has adopted Open Records Regulations and Procedures. Requests for information should be addressed to the Solicitor in person, by mail, by fax, or by email.

Contact Information

Office of the Solicitor
County of Chester
Ref: Open Records Request
313 West Market Street, Suite 6702 West Chester, PA 19380
Fax: 610-344-5471

A fee is charged for all copies. Copies will not be provided until the fee has been paid. In a few instances (such as a request for a deed), the fees will be determined by a statute other than the Open Records Law.


  • Photocopies of standard-sized records (8 ½ x 11 or 8 ½ x 14):
    • one-sided copies, 25 cents per page
    • two-sided copies, 25 cents per side
  • Certification of a record: $1 per record
  • Blueprints, maps and other specialized documents: County cost of reproduction, depending on size
  • Postage fees:County cost of mailing
  • Electronic data: Rates are set by the County with approval of the State Open Records Office.
The County does not charge for time spent redacting or blacking out nonpublic information in a public document, but the County will charge for making all copies needed to produce redacted material for viewing by the requester.

You will receive a response within five business days of the Open Records Office’s receipt of your request.
  • You will be informed as to how and when you may inspect or obtain copies of the records you requested; or
  • when appropriate, of any additional time that will be needed for legal review of your request or for the gathering or duplicating of the requested records; or
  • You will be informed, when appropriate, that some or all of the requested records are not subject to production under the Open Records Law.
If you disagree with a determination of the Open Records Office, you may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. Visit the PA Office of Open Records website for guidelines and forms for appeals.