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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (located at § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials and public employees. 

To request records from the Town of Culpeper, please choose one of the following options:

  • By using this PDF fillable form
  • By email
  • By phone at (540) 829-8240
  • By letter to the Town Clerk, Town of Culpeper, 400 South Main Street, Suite 105, Culpeper, VA 22701
  • Or in person
Your request does not have to be in writing; however, submitting a request in writing creates a record of the request and provides the Town of Culpeper with a clear statement of the records you are requesting.

There is no formal required language, however, you should be as specific as possible so we can get the information you are looking for as accurately as possible.  Please include a phone number and/or email address where we can contact you if we need to clarify your request.

After the Town receives your request for records, the Town has 5 business days to respond to you, either by asking for more details about the request; filling the request; filling part of the request; denying the request; or letting you know that if all or part of your request is denied, the Town will state what parts of the Freedom of Information Act exempt that information from mandatory public release.  (Some common exemptions include personnel records, medical records and information that is part of criminal investigations.)

The Town is permitted to charge only for the actual costs of locating, reviewing and copying records, and can request a deposit if the cost is estimated to be more than $200.

Note that FOIA does not require governments to create records that do not currently exist.  

To view the Town’s FOIA policy, click here.

For more information on FOIA, click the link: http://foiacouncil.dls.virginia.gov/