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Board Policy Regarding Charges for Copies of Public Information

State of Texas Public Information Act

Public Information Act

Effective September 1, 1993, Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

You have the right to:

Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the county or district attorney of the county where the governmental body, other than a state agency, is located. If the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the complaint must be filed with the Office of the Attorney General.

All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:

Procedures to Obtain Information.

  1. Submit a request by mail, fax, email or in person according to a governmental body's reasonable procedures.
  2. Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
  3. Cooperate with the governmental body's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.

Information to be released

Cost of Records

By the 10th business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a governmental body must:

  1. Request an Attorney General opinion and state which exceptions apply;
  2. Notify the requestor of the referral to the Attorney General; and
  3. Notify third parties if the request involves their proprietary information.

Failure to request an Attorney General opinion and notify the requestor within 10 business days will result in a presumption that the information is open unless there is a compelling reason to withhold it.

Requestors may send a letter to the Attorney General arguing for release, and may review arguments made by the governmental body. If the arguments disclose the requested information, the requestor may obtain a redacted copy.

The Attorney General must issue a decision no later than the 45th working day from the day after the attorney general received the request for a decision. The attorney general may request an additional 10 working day extension. 

Governmental bodies may not ask the Attorney General to "reconsider" an opinion.

To request information from this governmental body, please use the following contact information:

Postal Mail:
Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Attn: Open Records Division
1917 S Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78741

Email:
openrecords@engineers.texas.gov
(the subject line must say "Attention: Open Records Officer" or our spam filter may catch your email)

Fax:
(512) 440-0417, Attention: Open Records Officer

In person:
1917 S Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78741

For complaints regarding failure to release public information please contact your local County or
District Attorney at: Office of the Attorney General, Open Records Hotline, at 512-478-6736 or toll-free at 1-877-673-6839.

If you need special accommodation pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our ADA coordinator, at:
Texas Board of Professional Engineers
1917 S Interstate 35
Austin, Texas 78741
(512) 440-7723, Fax: (512) 442-1414
info@engineers.texas.gov

 

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