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.
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.
Fire Department Records
Fire investigation reports, fire code violations, and hazardous substance storage.
Marriage & Land Records
Marriage and divorce records, land recordings, deeds and estate information.
Please send requests to:
Tax & Business Records
Business license information and tax records.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 804.225.3056 or 1.866.448.4100.