Public Records Request

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The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located at § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

For detailed info about public records maintained by the City of Staunton, FOIA exemptions, and how we process requests, view our FAQs.

Your FOIA Rights

You have the right to request to inspect or receive copies of public records, or both.

You have the right to request that any charges for the requested records be estimated in advance.

If you believe that your FOIA rights have been violated, you may file a petition in district or circuit court to compel compliance with FOIA.  Alternatively, you may contact the FOIA Council for a nonbinding advisory opinion.

FOIA Officers

The City has designated FOIA officers and staff to process requests for public records. Please contact one of the following with your request:

Birth & Death Records

The City of Staunton's FOIA officers cannot provide birth and death records. The Division of Vital Records at the Virginia Department of Health maintains birth and death records from 1912 to present. Please contact a representative of the Division of Vital Records by calling 804.662.6200 or visit their website to obtain such records.

Building & Property Inspection Records

Building permits, building inspections, building and zoning code violations, certificates of occupancy and site plans.

Community Development Department
Jay Lancaster
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402

Fire Department Records

Fire investigation reports, fire code violations, and hazardous substance storage.  

Staunton Fire & Rescue
Perry Weller
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402

Marriage & Land Records

Marriage and divorce records, land recordings, deeds and estate information.

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Staci Falls
113 E. Beverley St.
Staunton, VA 24401

Police Records

Please send requests to:

Staunton Police Department
Captain Leslie Miller
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402

Tax & Business Records

Business license information and tax records.

Commissioner of Revenue's Office
Maggie Ragon, Commissioner of Revenue
P.O. Box 4
Staunton, VA 24402

Treasurer's Office
Rick Johnson, Treasurer
P.O. Box 474
Staunton, VA 24402

General Records Requests

All other requests for the City's public records can be sent to:

Steven L. Rosenberg, City Manager
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402


Virginia’s Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA.  The Council may be contacted by e-mail at, or at 804.225.3056 or 1.866.448.4100.