Public Information Requests
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 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, 15th Edition, November 2020, Appendix I-1)
For further information, visit: The Maryland Public Information Act Manual
Submit Your Request
Public Information Requests are accepted from commercial entities for use by the organization and from individuals for their personal use:
- Commercial Public Information Request Application (PDF)
- Personal Public Information Request Application (PDF)
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: Bretta Reinhard, Public Information Officer
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
Telephone: 301-777-2526, ext. 124
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.
Rules and Regulations of Allegany County, Maryland, Article 14.4 Section 14.407.
Checks should be made payable to the Allegany County Commissioners.