The Town of Chapel Hill is committed to making public records available in a timely manner. Public records requests are coordinated through the Department of Communications & Public Affairs in compliance with North Carolina public records laws (§ 132).
How to submit a public records request
Send your request using the ONLINE FORM or the PDF FORM, which may be emailed, mailed or faxed.
You are not required to provide a mailing address, but please do provide the best way that we may contact you.
Fees for Records
Personal copies can be made in the CaPA Office at a cost of $0.18 per page (black & white) and $0.24 per page (color). Additional charges may be assessed pursuant to N.C. Public Records Law.
Some departments may charge fees associated with staff time required for researching public records depending on the scope and type of request. That information will be provided before the request is completed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How can I obtain copies of Council/Mayor E-mails?
Mayor and Council Member emails can be obtained through our Council Mail search portal. It can be accessed here.
2. How can I obtain a copy of Council minutes, agendas, or videos?
You can find Chapel Hill Town Council agendas, minutes, and videos on the Town of Chapel Hill Legistar page, which you can access here.
4. How do I obtain a copy of a police record, police incident report, or vehicle accident report?
For a fee you may pick up a copy from the Records Division located at 828 Martin Luther King Blvd. Many reports are also available for free on our Police2Citizen website at http://p2c.chpd.us. Additional data can be found on our Chapel Hill Open Data Platform. If you have any questions or need to contact the Chapel Hill Police Department please call 919-968-2760.
5. How can I get a copy of a criminal background check?