City of Portsmouth (FOIA)

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) located § 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.

City of Portsmouth Rights & Responsibilities

* Portsmouth FOIA Response Charge Policy

The city assesses the following charges when responding to FOIA requests: (1) the time spent retrieving, preparing, and delivering (including accessing, searching, reviewing for exemptions, redacting, scanning, uploading, and/or copying) the records multiplied by the hourly rate of the most cost-effective staff member(s) capable of completing the request; plus (2) if physical copies are requested, the city’s cost for duplication.