Public Records Requests

General Information

It is Yamhill County's policy to respond to public records requests in an orderly, consistent, and reasonable manner in compliance with Oregon's Inspection of Public Records Law, ORS 192.311 to 192.478, which provides members of the public the right to inspect and copy public records that are not otherwise exempt from public disclosure, as defined in ORS 192.340 to 192.355.

Check with the specific department or office that you think holds the record to see if there are required written request or release forms. Public records requests must be in writing and each written request will receive a written response.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business, including but not limited to court records, mortgages, and deed records, prepared, owned, used or retained by a public body regardless of physical form or characteristics. ORS 192.410(4)(a).

A record may be handwritten, typed, photocopied, printed, microfilmed, or exist in an electronic form such as email or a word processing document, or other types of electronic recordings.

A record is a public record if it contains information relating to the conduct of Yamhill County business and is prepared, owned, used or retained by the County.