Open Public Records Act

The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) provides public access to government records. The Municipal Clerk the official custodian of public records. Any individual or firm may request to view or obtain copies of public records as provided by N.J.S.A. 47:1A1. Anyone requesting copies of public records should complete an OPRA request form.

A fee is charged for copies. Some records are immediately available during normal business hours, while other, more complex records will require time to compile and might require an additional fee to make the copies requested, but will normally be available within seven business days.

The New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC) provides “A Citizen’s Guide to OPRA" which can be downloaded here. The guide was assembled to help records requestors understand some of the most common issues regarding the Open Public Records Act.

The Government Records Council (GRC) operates a toll-free inquiry hotline to which requestors of government records and records custodians may call to obtain guidance regarding the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The toll-free number is 1-866-850-0511.

In addition, the New Jersey League of Municipalities website provides answers to some frequently asked questions about OPRA.