All Broward County records, unless exempted by state or federal law, are public records. “Public Records” means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other materials, made or received in connection with the official business of Broward County.
Florida Statute 119.01, referred to as the Florida Sunshine Law, governs the public’s right to inspect and obtain copies of public records. The Office of the Attorney General’s Government-In-The-Sunshine Manual contains additional helpful information, including summaries of what exemptions apply to public records requests.
Anyone can request a public record in person, verbally over the telephone, in an email or in writing. You do not have to give your name or explain why you are making a request. There may be a fee associated with your request. If so, you will be notified in advance.
Online Requests & Searches
The public can perform searches for some documents online. Visit:
Records, Taxes & Treasury Division - Use this online records search to view a comprehensive listing of documents recorded into the Official Records of Broward County, Florida between January 1, 1978 and the present.
Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department - Access Broward County’s online databases for records concerning environmental and growth management, including building licensing and inspections.
How to Request Public Records
Identify the Broward County agency that has the information you are requesting, based upon the topic of your public records request.
Contact information for agency Public Record Request Coordinators can be found
here and is posted in the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, and Governmental Center West, 1 N. University Drive in Plantation.
Prepare your public records request. Your request for public records should include:
- A clear concise description of the records that you are seeking. Please avoid acronyms.
- Searches of emails should include:
- Date range for the requested email messages
- Identify email accounts that should be searched
- Keywords to use during a search
In order for us to provide you the best response to your request, please carefully consider the information that will be useful to you. Very broad requests can take longer to fulfill and may become costly. The requested information will be provided in a reasonable period of time under normal conditions, unless such information is considered to be confidential or exempt from public records disclosure.
The fee schedule for fulfillment of Public Record Requests is set by the Broward County Administrative Code in accordance with Florida law.
Retrieval, Review, Redaction and Special Services Time: The first 15 minutes are free for time spent on retrieval, review and redaction of documents. After the first 15 minutes of work, charges shall include the time required to collect, review, redact, prepare and produce the records. These service charges shall be calculated in 15 minute increments, at the hourly rate, including benefits, of the person(s) performing the work.
Copies: The first 50 pages are free (a double-sided page counts as one page); thereafter, paper copies are 15 cents per page for single-sided copies and 20 cents per page for double sided copies (pages not more than 8½ inches by 14 inches). Larger records shall be charged at actual cost of duplication.
Certified Copies: $1/each
Plats (Blueprint): $5/page
Plats (Mylar): $7.50/page
Other records (including page sizes more than 8½ inches by 14 inches): Labor and overhead associated with the duplication of the record
Notarial Fee: $10 for each separate notarial act requested in connection with a Public Records Request
Physical media: $2 or the actual cost of the medium, whichever is less, for any common physical medium (such as a USB drive with a capacity of two gigabytes or less) upon which electronic records are provided. Unusual, high-capacity or specialized physical media will be charged at actual cost.
Delivery Fees: Actual mailing, shipping or other delivery costs incurred
The Public Records Request Coordinator will provide a cost estimate prior to researching and providing the records. Payment for public records requests must be made by check or money order payable to Broward County. A deposit or advance payment equal to the estimated total for fulfilling a public records request is required if charges are expected to be more than $20, and must be made in full prior to releasing the public record.