According to the Maryland Attorney General’s website:
“The public’s right to information about government activities lies at the heart of a democratic government. Maryland’s Public Information Act grants the people of this State a broad right of access to public records while protecting the legitimate governmental interest and the privacy rights of individual citizens.”
“The Public Information Act grants you the right to review the available records that are disclosable and to obtain copies of those records. It does not require an agency to answer informational questions or to create a record to satisfy your request.” (Maryland Public Information Act Manual, 16th Edition, September 2021, Appendix I-1)
Public Information Requests are accepted from commercial entities for use by the organization and from individuals for their personal use. You may submit your request online, or complete the form linked below and deliver it to the County Office Complex.
Your completed Public Information Request Application should be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, sent via a delivery service, or delivered in-person to:
Allegany County Government Attention: Victoria Norman, Legal Secretary, County Attorney’s Office 701 Kelly Road Cumberland, MD 21502 Telephone: 301-777-5823 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 301-724-6970
PUBLIC INFORMATION FEES
The first two hours are provided free of charge. Thereafter, the charge may be the actual hourly rates of the people involved in the response. Additional fees will apply – photocopying, delivery, etc.