Right to Know / Open Records Requests
Township Right to Know Policy
The Pennsylvania “Right to Know” law, Pennsylvania Act 3 of 2008, requires municipalities to provide access to public records as specifically defined by the law, i.e., financial accounts, minutes, orders or decisions, regardless of physical form or characteristics. Other Pennsylvania laws provide availability to specific information such as permit applications. Information may be copied or examined in the form available to the Township at the Township’s municipal building. The Township is not required to sort information, extract data or prepare reports in formats which are not in the Township’s possession. The Township is not required to release public records to the custody of others.
In accordance with the Right–to–Know and Open Records laws, Schuylkill Township has appointed the following officials as Open Records Officers:
Patricia J. Tuscai
Administrator for Police Records
The procedures and rules were established by Township Resolution No. 2017-07, as amended.
Links to download the forms for requesting documents are below. There is a specific form for requesting police documents.
- Resolution-No.-2017-07-Right-to-Know-Policy_Procedures.pdf (982.8 Kb)
- Resolution-No.-2018-17-Amend-Right-to-Know-Res.-2017-07.pdf (487.82 Kb)
- Right-To-Know-Request-General.pdf (102.96 Kb)
- Right-To-Know-Request-Police.pdf (164.6 Kb)
To file an official Right-to-Know request, please download and fill out the appropriate Right to Know Request Form and submit it to the Township (by mail or email). The forms are also available at the Township Building.
Duplication costs: Fees for duplication of records have been set in compliance with the Right-to-Know law and may be found in the Township’s policy. Due to restrictions imposed by the Federal Copyright Act, the Township cannot make copies of building, site, or subdivision & land development plans, including sealed architectural and engineered plans. The plans may be inspected at the Township but may not be photocopied or photographed. This restriction also applies to Zoning Hearing Board transcripts and other documents prepared by a profession stenographer.
State Office of Open Records
400 North Street Plaza Level
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0225
Chester County District Attorney Office
201 W. Market Street, Ste. 4450
West Chester, PA 19380-0989