Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) Requests

The City of Laurel maintains certain records that are classified as public records which may be made available to the public in accordance with the guidelines of the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) (§10-611 et seq. of the State Government Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended). 

MPIA requests must be in writing and may be mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the City Clerk. You may use the City's MPIA Request Form but is not required. Your request should sufficiently identify the records that you are seeking, including a clearly identified subject matter and specific dates or ranges of dates of the documents requested. There are occasions when a fee may be charged to produce documents requested under the Maryland Public Information Act.

Immediately Available Documents

  • Final Audits (Final, signed audits)
  • Adopted Budgets and Capital Improvement Program
  • City Council Meetings (agendas, adopted minutes and agenda packet information)
  • Adopted Ordinances
  • Adopted Resolutions
  • Sections of City Charter/Code
  • City policies
  • Standard forms
  • Documents available on the City website
  • Foreclosure List
  • Approved Permits

Copies: The first 10 pages are free; thereafter, copies are 15 cents per page. When outsourced – the actual cost will be charged. The copy charge also applies to immediately available documents over ten (10) pages. 

For MPIA requests other than immediately available documents:

There is a $2.00 charge for information provided on a CD. Charge for information on a Thumb Drive is $4.00. 

Staff Time: The first two hours are free; thereafter, the actual cost of the search for, preparation of, and reproduction of a public record in standard format will be charged. Staff and attorney review costs will be included in the calculation and shall be prorated for each individual’s salary and actual time attributed to the search for and preparation of the public record.

All payments shall be made in cash, by credit card, or check payable to “City of Laurel” and must be received before the documents are released.

View the Maryland Public Information Act 2023 (PDF) Request Form.