Public records and requests

Submit a public records request

Use this form to submit your request and provide as much detailed information as possible. 

Public Records Request form

​​Requests by media ONLY

Members of the media searching for public records can email the request to:

City of Charlott​e Crown

City of Charlott​e commonly-requested records:


City Council agendas and minutes

City ordinances​

Permits, projects, parcels and real estate data

Rezoning petitions​

Open data portal (Open Charlotte)

The city's open data portal offers downloadable operations, geographic and statistical data, such as: city employee salaries, census data, roads and streets and more.

Mecklenburg County Seal

Mecklenburg County commonly-requested records:


Birth or death certificate​

Marriage license application

Property tax bill search

Visit Mecklenburg County's full list of records >>

​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ​​

​​Wha​t is a​​ public record?

G.S. 13​2-1 defines public records, in relevant part, as "all documents . . . magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records . . . regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received . . . in connection with the transaction of public business . . ."

All records maintained by the City of Charlotte are available for public inspection unless specifically exempted by law. 

Wh​at is the pu​​blic policy regarding public records?​

The NC General Assembly has declared as a matter of public policy that the public records and public information compiled by agencies of North Carolina government or its subdivisions are the property of the people. N.C.G.S. § 132-1(b)​

​Are all records public records?

Although most information the City of Charlotte houses is public and subject to disclosure, some information is considered protected.  For example, we are obligated to protect such things as: sensitive public security information, components of personnel files, tax information, and social security numbers.

What is the purpose of the Public Records Request form?

​​The Public Records Request forms aid the employee and requestor by clarifying precisely what information is being requested. Please be aware that the public records policy does not require the City to do research, analyze data or create a record that does not currently exist.​

How long will it take to receive a response?

The City of Charlotte is committed to an open and transparent government. As a rule, we respond to all requests for information as quickly as possible and strive to communicate a realistic time frame. It may not always be possible to fill requests right away if the requests span agencies and/or if they need to be reviewed to see if they contain confidential or restricted information. 

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