Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Title 2.2, Chapter
37, Sections 2.2-3700 through 2.2-3714 of the Code of Virginia, guarantees
citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public
records in the possession of public bodies, public officials and public
employees or agents.
include any writing or recording, in any
format (including handwritten notes,
typewritten documents, electronic files, text messages and audio or video
recordings), prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its
officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All
public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific
statutory exemption applies. A record of the discussion or transaction of
public business is considered a public record even if not stored on
The purpose of FOIA is to ensure the people of the
Commonwealth ready access to public records in the custody of a public body or
its officers and employees, and free entry to meetings of public bodies. In order to promote an increased awareness by
all persons of governmental activities and afford every opportunity to citizens
to witness the operations of government, the provisions of FOIA are to be
liberally construed and any exemption from public access is to be narrowly
Citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and representatives
of the media have the following rights:
Hanover County must respond to your request within five working days of receiving it, with Day One being considered to be the day after your request is received. The five-day period does not include weekends or holidays. If it is practically impossible for Hanover County
to respond to your request within the five-day period, we must state this in
writing, explaining the conditions that make the response impossible. This will allow us seven additional working
days to respond to your request, giving us a total of 12 working days to
respond to your request.
Other Rights and Responsibilities can be read in the linked attachment to the right, as well as detailed information on the County's Policies.
embraces the principle of open government and is committed to providing the
same exceptional level of customer service in response to requests for public
records that it provides in all other areas.
The County is also mindful of the need to protect the legitimate privacy
interests of individuals and to comply with other laws that may limit the County’s
ability to provide access to certain records.
information contact:County Administrator’s Officec/o Tom Harris, County FOIA OfficerP.O. Box 4707516 County Complex RoadHanover, VA 23069(804) email@example.com